June 2, 2010

Four Saints Named to Daktronics All-America Team

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team continued to pick up postseason awards as the 2010 Daktronics All-America Team was released and four Saints landed on the team, the most by any program in the country.

Junior Sarah Phillips garnered the highest pitching honor in the land, being named the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year, while Laura Voyles was named to the Second-Team, and Leslee Smith, and Lauren Dykes snagged Third-Team honors.

Phillips has been named a Daktronics All-American for the second straight year after earning First-Team honors a year. She led the Saints with a 44-2 record on the 2010 season with a 1.00 earned run average. She had 23 shutouts on the year and 41 complete games, both marks that led the nation. The Powell, Ohio, native is a two-time PBC and All-Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year, recording 294 strikeouts in 300.0 innings of work.

Laura Voyles picks up her second career All-American honor after being named to the NFCA Third-Team following the 2008 season. The Powder Springs, Ga., native has now landed on the Second-Team after a season that saw the senior hit .329 from the leadoff spot with 12 home runs and 34 runs batted in. She posted an impressive team-leading .457 on-base percentage, and led the program with seven triples, 53 runs scored, and was the only player to play and start in all 53 games. She had 26 walks, 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts, and was hit by pitch 13 teams.

Leslee Smith picked up a much-deserved nod on the Third-Team after a senior campaign that saw her hit .331 with 13 home runs, 58 runs batted, and 106 total bases. One of the most decorated power hitters in North Georgia history, Smith is the Program’s all-time leader with 39 home runs, and second on the all-time list with 191 runs batted in. As the designated player, the Lexington, Ga., native played and started in 52 games, scoring 27 runs, and posting a .385 on-base percentage.

After hovering around the .400 mark all year at the plate and garnering First-Team All-Region honors, freshman Lauren Dykes picked up Third-Team All-American honors as the left-fielder is hit .389 with 45 runs scored, and 30 runs batted in. As a true freshman, Dykes had an on-base percentage of .420, while also hitting for some power with five home runs, three doubles, and two triples.

The teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition, while the teams were nominated and voted on by the nation’s NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors.

The Saints posted a 51-game winning streak before falling in the second round of the NCAA Division II College World Series, second longest streak in NCAA softball history at any level. North Georgia captured back-to-back Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2010, and advanced to the NCAA National Championships for the second time in as many years.