By RU Sports Information Saturday, June 23 2012 00:00
Radford Softball was well represented on the VaSID all-state teams, which were released this afternoon as voted by sports information directors from around the Commonwealth. Nichole Beall (Culpeper, Va. / Culpeper County) was tabbed Player of the Year, while Jackie Jenkins (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) earned a spot on the second team.
Beall, who is the third VaSID Player of the Year in program history, concludes her career as a four-time all-state selection, appearing on the first team each of the last three years. The 2012 Big South Player of the Year led the league in runs (51), doubles (14) and stolen bases (31). She was second in home runs (13), slugging (.698), total bases (111) and on base percentage (.478). Last month, the shortstop was also named an NFCA third team All-American (the first in program history) and took first team All-Region honors.
The standout from Culpeper has her name written all over the Radford record books. She became the first Highlander to be named Big South Player of the Year twice and earn first-team accolades all four years. Beall was also the eighth Big South player to earn four first-team nods, and just the third to do so since the league started recognizing two teams in 1994.
Starting every contest (225) since her first game as a Highlander, Beall is the program’s all-time leader in home runs (52), doubles (53/tie), RBI (158/tie), walks (96), slugging (.686), on base percentage (.442), total bases (459) and consecutive starts (224). She also finished in the top five in runs (2nd/177), hits (5th/232), batting average (3rd/.347), triples (t5th/9), hit by pitches (2nd/24), sacrifice flies (3rd/7), stolen bases (3rd/79) and assists (4th/401).
Jenkins hauls in her second VaSID accolade, having been voted to the first team last year. She became the second pitcher in program history to win back-to-back Big South Pitcher of the Year honors, as she posted a league-best 10 wins and 1.37 ERA, while delivering two shutouts and walking a Big South-low 1.28 batters per seven innings. The Mechanicsville native concluded her junior campaign 17-9 with a 2.16 ERA in 162 inning of work.
Ranked third in wins and fourth in ERA, Jenkins tied for second in the league with five shutouts, including a three-hit performance in the Big South Tournament opener against Winthrop. Named to the all-tournament team, she also picked up another win with 2.2 innings of shutout relief in a 10-inning thriller against Gardner-Webb.
Photo: Radford's Nichole Beall (Culpeper, Va. / Culpeper County) was tabbed VASID Player of the Year. (Photo courtesy of RU Sports Information)
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