Shaylee Ianno earns PSAC-West ‘Pitcher of the Year’ honor
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Shaylee Ianno, Slippery Rock University softball standout from McMurray, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division Pitcher of the Year, and three other Rock softball players have earned all-conference honors.
The league office released the accolades Thursday.
Kristen Brant, a second baseman from Butler, and Jenna Geible, a third baseman from Butler, joined Ianno with first team All-PSAC-West accolades while Breanna Tongel, a first baseman from Pittsburgh, earned second team All-PSAC-West honors.
Ianno became the first Rock pitcher to earn All-PSAC accolades since 1995 after putting together a career year with a record of 12-5, one save and a 1.75 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .187 against the junior, who also struck out 94 batters and threw three shutouts. Ianno recorded a no-hitter at Virginia State March 17 and finished the season ranked fourth in the PSAC in ERA.
A first time all-conference honoree, Brant was SRU’s most consistent offensive threat in 2011. The senior reached base safely in 25 of 31 games played and hit .413. The batting average was the fifth-best in the PSAC and the fifth-highest single season average in Rock history. She recorded team-bests of 43 hits and an on-base percentage of .455.
Geibel earned all-conference recognition for the second time in her young career after a season in which she started 32 games and batted .394 with five home runs, 33 RBIs, 24 runs scored, two stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .443. In addition to her team-best RBI total, Geibel also led SRU with 14 extra-base hits, nine doubles and 65 total bases. Her 40 defensive assists in PSAC play were the third most in the conference. After just two seasons at SRU, Geibel already ranks fourth in career RBIs (70) and fifth in career home runs (16).
After pinch-hitting for the first four games of her collegiate career, Tongel made her way into the SRU starting lineup against St. Cloud State March 17 and remained in it for the final 24 games of the season. The power-hitting first baseman led SRU with six home runs and a .645 slugging percentage while also batting .355, driving in 23 runs and scoring 16 runs.
SRU finished its season with a 19-13 record overall and a 6-10 mark in the PSAC-West under Vashion Johnson, head coach.
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