FRISCO — Sophomore Molly Fichtner was named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday.
Fichtner is the first Roadrunner to earn the league’s top award for academic and on-field excellence since Jessica Rogers took home the honor for the third time in 2007 and UTSA now boasts 30 honorees in its history, which leads all Southland institutions.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment and I'm very proud of Molly," head coach Amanda Lehotak said. "She is a great representative of UTSA and our program and it's wonderful to see her be recognized for all of her hard work both on the field and in the classroom."
The Houston native, who carries a 3.93 GPA in kinesiology, earned first-team All-Southland recognition after she started all 52 contests and batted .365 with a team-leading 61 hits and 19 multi-hit games to go along with 27 runs scored, three homers and 18 RBIs while playing shortstop for the first time in her career. After being named the league’s Freshman of the Year as a catcher a season ago, she again ranked among the circuit’s top 10 in hits (61/3rd), batting average (.365/5th), on-base percentage (.425/6th) and total bases (78/6th). In Southland play, she led the team in batting average (.438), runs (11), hits (28) and on-base percentage (.486). Fichtner also ranked among the 50 toughest players to strike out in the country with just nine in 167 at-bats (once per 18.7 ABs).
She put together a season-best nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 24-March 13 in which she hit .548 (17-for-31) with four doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored.
The Southland awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member schools, voted for the Student-Athlete of the Year. The award is presented annually to the student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated achievement in athletics for at least two years at the nominating institution.