BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 13, 2006) - Junior Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) and senior Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) both earned spots on the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team, following their outstanding performances at this weekend's A-Sun Softball Tournament. The fifth-seeded Lady Bucs fought their way to a third-place finish, falling a game short of the championship contest.
Lonsinger hit a team-high .364 for the tournament, collecting four hits in 11 at bats. The senior catcher also knocked home a pair of runs in the sixth inning against four-seed Campbell, lifting the Lady Bucs to the 5-3 victory.
Gaynord posted a .333 average on the weekend, managing five hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored. The junior also belted a pair of homeruns, elevating her school-record total to 11 for the season. The shortstop was one of the hottest players in the conference during the closing weeks of the season, winning back-to-back A-Sun Player of the Week awards, while ending the 2006 campaign on an 11-game hit streak.
Host-school and second-seeded Florida Atlantic took the tournament crown with an 8-4 victory over Stetson on Saturday. The NCAA-bound Owls placed three on the all-tournament squad, while runner-up Stetson put four players on the team, including MVP recipient Andrea Migliori.
The Lady Bucs took a first-round loss to FAU, before battling back to defeat Gardner-Webb and Campbell. Stetson ended ETSU's impressive run, claiming a 5-2 decision on Friday evening. ETSU (22-36, 9-11 A-Sun) finished the season in dazzling fashion, winning nine of its last 12, including a 7-1 record in its final eight regular season conference tilts.
Erica Willis, Campbell
Jamie Madruga, Mercer
Jessica Lonsinger, East Tennessee State
Stephanie Gaynord, East Tennessee State
Melissa Wiggins, Stetson
Erica Demers, Stetson
Nicole Forbes, Stetson
Jen Musillo, Florida Atlantic
Jessica Sachs, Florida Atlantic
Shauna Corso, Florida Atlantic
Andrea Migliori, Stetson - MVP