LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After a very successful second season, three Broncos have earned spots on the 2010 All-WAC team. Senior Kathy Cox was the only Bronco named to the first team while sophomores Allie Crump and Kellie Caplan were named to the second team. The All-WAC team is voted on by the conference coaches and was announced at tournament banquet on Tuesday.
Cox, one of three Bronco seniors, has set almost every offensive record in the brief history books of Broncos softball and was rewarded with a spot on the All-WAC first team. This year, she leads the team with a .353 batting average, 45 runs scored, 43 RBI and 17 homers. Her .431 batting average in WAC games ranks second in the conference while her seven homers in conference games ranks seventh. She also ranks third with 21 runs scored and ninth with 18 RBI. Cox was named to the Pacific All-Region team after her junior season in 2009, but this is her first career postseason honor from the WAC.
Caplan has had a breakout sophomore season in WAC play as she ranks 11th in the conference with a .364 average in WAC play and was named to the All-WAC second team. In addition to her boost in production at the plate, Caplan has been a trend-setter on the base paths as her 16 stolen bases has surpassed the team total from 2009. Caplan has swiped five bags in conference play, which ranks sixth in the WAC. The Broncos lead the WAC with 27 stolen bases in conference games. The spot on the All-WAC is the first career honor for Caplan.
Crump has also earned her first career honor with a spot on the All-WAC second team. Crump set the Bronco record this year with 15 wins in the circle, including a 7-2 record in WAC play. Her seven conference wins ranks third among all WAC pitchers while her 3.90 ERA in WAC games ranks tenth in the conference. She also leads the Bronco pitching staff with a school record 124 strikeouts on the year. In addition to her accomplishments in the circle, Crump has also excelled at the plate with a .337 overall batting average and a .314 average in WAC games.
These three All-WAC honorees are the first Broncos to earn the postseason recognition in the two-year school history. Cox was the only Bronco to earn preseason All-WAC honors this year. The Broncos will play their first round game at the WAC Tournament tonight at 7 p.m. against the host team, New Mexico State.