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Fichtner named Southland Freshman of the Year on Tuesday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/10/2011
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FRISCO — Molly Fichtner was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in addition to picking up second-team all-conference honors, while senior Kristin Kappler and junior Caitlyn Ivy were named to the third team, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Fichtner, who leads UTSA in 10 offensive categories this season, is the third player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors and the first since Brittany Cantu in 2006. A native of Houston, she paces the Roadrunners and is ranked in the conference’s top 10 in batting average (.358), runs (38), hits (53), doubles (11), home runs (11), RBIs (34), total bases (99), slugging percentage (.669), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.486). Fichtner has started all but one game at catcher and recorded 13 multi-hit contests to go along with six multi-RBI performances during the campaign, including a season-best four-hit, five-RBI performance in the season-opening win against No. 24 Illinois.

She had a season-long a 13-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-March 8 and also reached base in 19 consecutive games earlier in the season. After hitting .500 (8-for-16) with a double, homer and six RBIs at the Getterman Classic (Feb. 11-13), Fichtner was named the season’s inaugural Southland Hitter of the Week.

Meanwhile, Ivy picked up her second all-conference honor after being named first team at shortstop in 2010. The Huntington native has moved to first base this season and hit .267 with seven doubles, seven homers and 24 RBIs. She was named Southland Hitter of the Week on April 18 after leading UTSA to a five-game winning streak in which she hit .471 (8-for-17) with a pair of bombs and nine RBIs in sweeps of Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas. She has nine multi-hit games, including a career-high four knocks at McNeese State on March 26.

The third-team nod at third base for Kappler is the first all-league honor of her career. The Lake Jackson native ranks second on the squad with a .344 average and 52 hits, eight doubles, six long balls and 21 RBIs. She stands among the circuit's top 10 in batting average, hits and slugging percentage (.517) and has set career bests in seven offensive categories. Kappler has registered a team-leading 14 multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit performances against UT Arlington (April 3) and Texas Southern (April 5).

All three players were a part of UTSA's NCAA record-tying of four consecutive home runs in the eighth inning against Texas State on April 29. Fichtner led off the inning with a blast, followed by Kappler, Ivy and freshman Jori Fox.

The Roadrunners (27-25) open play at the Southland Tournament at 11 a.m. on Thursday against No. 4 McNeese State (29-27). The winner will advance to play regular season champion and top-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (38-17) at 4 p.m., while the loser will play again at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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