Kristen Bell Was Named CIAA Rookie Of The Year On Wednesday Night

April 17, 2013

PETERSBURG, VA – The Fayetteville State softball team had six players named to CIAA All-Conference Teams on Wednesday evening in a ceremony held at the Gateway Dining & Event Center on the campus of Virginia State University. Three Lady Broncos were selected to the All-Conference Team while three earned All-Rookie Team honors. Pitcher Kristen Bell (Fr., Hubert, NC) was voted the CIAA Rookie of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

The six appointed players were Bell, Brittany Freeman (Fr., Fayetteville, NC), Kelsey Urquhart (Fr., Sneads Ferry, NC), Sierra Henderson-Holmes (So., Olivia, NC), Spencer Embler (Jr., Thomasville, NC) and Daniqua Taylor (Jr., Currie, NC). Henderson-Holmes and Embler were placed on the First Team All-Conference; and Taylor earned Second Team All-Conference recognition. Bell, Freeman and Urquhart were chosen to the All-Rookie Team.

Bell tied for the team-lead this season in wins with six while tying for third in the conference in complete games at 17. She tossed one shutout in 130.0 innings pitched and surrendered just 14 walks. The right-hander appeared in 25 games on the mound this season with 19 starts.

Henderson-Holmes, a three-time CIAA Defensive Player of the Week honoree, hit .293 during the regular season and started in all 40 games behind the plate. She ranks third on the team in hits (34) and fourth with 42 total bases. Defensively, Henderson-Holmes leads the team with 162 putouts and is fourth with 29 assists.

Embler leads Fayetteville State both on the mound and at the plate this season. She has started in all 40 games and is hitting a team-best .379 to go with 28 RBI. Her 44 base hits in 116 plate appearances also lead the team. On the mound, she is tied for the team-lead in wins with six and has three shutouts in 17 games started.

Taylor is one of four players to start in all 40 games this season for the Lady Broncos. She leads the team in stolen bases with 15 out of 17 attempts. While hitting .283 at the plate, Taylor has shown exceptional discipline by drawing 21 walks. The transfer from Pitt Community College is second on the team in runs scored with 26.

Freeman has played primarily as a second baseman in 2013; and has appeared in 32 games with 25 starts. She collected 13 hits and three RBI throughout the season to go with six runs scored.

Urquhart drove in eight runs during the regular season while playing in 34 games as an outfielder. She tallied three stolen bases and scored five runs.

Fayetteville State’s quest towards a CIAA Championship begins on Thursday, Apr. 18 at 12 p.m. when it faces the Virginia State Trojans at the Petersburg Sports Complex. FSU is the third seed out of the Southern Division while the Trojans are the Northern Division’s second seed.



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