(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – Thomas More College sophomore pitcher/shortstop Alix DeDreu (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) and Head Coach Lindsay Eagan earned year end accolades from the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and six Saints were named first team All-PAC by the conference's 10 head softball coaches.
DeDreu was named the 2017 PAC Player of the Year and Eagan was named the 2017 PAC Coach of the Year.
DeDreu, a First Team selection as an outfielder in 2016, is Thomas More's sixth PAC Player of the Year award winner. In nine league starts (10 appearances), she went 9-0 with a 0.49 earned-run average (ERA), 43 strikeouts, six complete games and three shutouts.
At the plate, DeDreu finished third in PAC games in hitting with a .468 average (29-of-62) while posting four doubles, a triple, 22 runs and 14 RBIs. She ranked second among league counterparts in runs scored and tied for third in hits.
Overall, DeDreu leads the PAC in victories (19), ERA (0.96), opponent batting average (.193) and earned runs allowed (19) while ranking third in strikeouts (115) and sixth in innings pitched (139.0). She ranks sixth in the league in hitting (.414) and is tied for sixth in total bases (72). DeDreu is second in the PAC in both hits (60) and runs scored (40) while ranking eighth in RBIs (30).
Thomas More finished its PAC regular season a perfect 18-0 before recording three-straight victories in this year's PAC Championship Tournament to earn the program's sixth league title. DeDreu went 3-0 in the circle last weekend for the top-seeded Saints, posting a 0.66 ERA in three complete-game wins. She combined to strike out 17 while issuing just a pair of walks during the championship tournament.
The PAC Coach of the Year award is Eagan's fourth (2009, 2010, 2013). She has led Thomas More to five PAC Championship Tournament titles since 2009 and five-straight appearances in the league's championship tournament. By claiming the championship tournament title Sunday, Thomas More secured the league's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship, marking the program's eighth Division III Championship appearance and sixth under Eagan.
Joining DeDreu on the All-PAC first team was first-year catcher Kenzie Dickerson (Union, Ky./Ryle), first-year first baseman Andrea Gahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), junior second baseman Sammy Sagers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), junior outfielder Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and sophomore outfielder Mary Beth Odom (Taylor Mill, Ky./Dixie Heights). Dickerson batted .385 with five home runs, 13 doubles, 18 runs scored and 33 RBI. Gahan led the team at the plate as she batted .449 with eight home runs, one triple, 16 doubles, 38 runs scored and 35 RBI. Sagers batted .392 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 34 runs scored and 28 RBI. Finke batted .421 with six doubles, three triples, 42 runs scored and 14 RBI. Odom batted .352 with a team-leading nine home runs, seven doubles, 23 runs scored and team-best 39 RBI.
Thomas More will travel to Mount Berry, Georgia to face host and second-ranked Berry College (38-2), winners of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title, in regional round action on Friday, May 12.