(SIOUX FALLS, S.D.) – Thomas More University had four Saints earned individual accolades and six Saints earned All-American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) today (Tuesday, May 7, 2018) as the ACAA announced the league's postseason softball awards.
Senior shortstop Mary Beth Odom (Taylor Mill, Ky./Dixie Heights) was named ACAA Offensive Player of the Year. She is hitting .439 as she is 47-of-107 with 15 home runs, nine doubles, 43 runs batted-in and 45 runs scored. Odom also had a .944 slugging percentage and a .551 on-base percentage.
Junior catcher Kenzie Dickerson (Union, Ky./Ryle) was named the ACAA Defensive Player of the Year. She is batting .314 with three home runs, seven doubles, 33 RBI and 12 runs scored. Dickerson had recorded 224 putouts and 23 assists behind the plate.
Senior pitcher Alix DeDreu (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) was named the ACAA Pitcher of the Year. She has recorded a 1.44 ERA with a 19-4 record and one save in 136.2 innings pitched. DeDreu also has registered 161 strikeouts in her 24 appearances in the circle.
Head Coach Lindsay Eagan was named the ACAA Coach of the Year. She has led the Saints to a 32-9 season with an ACAA Tournament Championship, a No. 16 national ranking this season. Eagan has a 320-154 record in her 11 years in the Saints' dugout and has guided the team to eight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including this season as they host a regional at Thomas More Field.
Dickerson and DeDreu was named first team All-ACAA and were joined on the first team by junior first baseman Andrea Gahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), senior third baseman Whitney Quillen (Dayton, Ky./Highlands) and senior outfielder Morgan Wells (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley). Gahan is hitting .444 at the plate with 11 home runs, 13 doubles, 48 RBI and 43 runs scored, while tallying a .810 slugging percentage. Quillen is hitting .427 with six doubles, one triple, 13 RBI and 49 runs scored, while registering 12 stolen bases. Wells is batting .333 with five home runs, seven doubles, 28 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Odom was named second team All-ACAA by the league's head coaches.
Thomas More is hosting Wilson College, SUNY Geneseo and Dickinson College in the Crestview Hills, Kentucky Regional of the NCAA Division III Championship. The Saints open regional play on Friday (May 10) when they play Wilson College at 4:30 p.m.