PHILADELPHIA - For the second time in three years, the Saint Joseph's softball team has had four Hawks earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, conference officials announced Tuesday. Junior second baseman Bernadette Moran and sophomore outfielder Dana Parks were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, while junior third baseman Monica Aguilar and junior pitcher Erin Gallagher were A-10 All-Conference Second Team selections.
Posting career-highs in runs scored (28), RBI (21) and home runs (two), Moran excelled this year during conference play, helping Saint Joseph's to a 10-4 record and the third seed in this week's A-10 Championship. While batting .306 overall, Moran thrived on A-10 pitching, leading the Hawks with a .429 batting average during conference play and adding 13 RBI, 12 runs scored, a .619 slugging percentage and a .510 on-base percentage. An All-Conference Honorable Mention a season ago, she has started all 42 games this year for SJU and ranks fourth on the team in hits (38) and RBI and fifth in batting average.
Entering this week's A-10 Tournament, Parks leads the conference in batting average (.438) and ranks second in hits (63) and runs (38), while boasting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Starting all 42 games in center field, she is within reach of the Saint Joseph's single-season hits record, as she'll start Wednesday's contest against Dayton just three hits shy of matching the mark of 66 hits. An A-10 All-Rookie Team selection last year, Parks has already set the SJU single-season mark for stolen bases (20) and cracked the 100-hit plateau for her career earlier in the season.
An anchor at the hot corner, Aguilar earns her second All-Conference distinction after posting career-highs in batting average (.387), and RBI (39) and matching her career high for home runs (five). Currently 58th nationally in on-base percentage (.500), she leads the Hawks in RBI, doubles (10), walks (25), and slugging percentage (.597); is tied for first in home runs (five) and is second in hits (46), runs (33) and stolen bases (seven). Named to the 2009 A-10 All-Conference First Team, Aguilar has also been solid defensively, ranking fifth in the conference in assists (97).
Only the third Hawk pitcher to earn All-Conference honors multiple times, Gallagher has continued to dominate in the circle. An All-Conference Second Team selection a year ago, Saint Joseph's ace leads the team in wins (21), strikeouts (192), earned run average (1.51), appearances (37) and innings pitched (192.0). One of the top pitchers in the A-10 the past two seasons, Gallagher is currently second in the league and 26th nationally in wins and third in the conference and 38th nationally in ERA. Adding the second no-hitter of her career at George Washington on April 2, Gallagher joins Dani Gonzales (2008, 2009) and Bonnie Gaisor (1992, 1993) as the only SJU pitchers to have earned All-Conference accolades twice.
This year marks the second time Saint Joseph's has had four Hawks earn All-Conference honors, matching the record set by the 2009 team. Additionally, 14 players have earned All-Conference honors under SJU's fifth-year head coach Terri Adams.
Saint Joseph's begins play at the A-10 Tournament this Wednesday against sixth-seeded Dayton. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at the D.L. Phillips Complex on the campus of host Charlotte.