Trio of Lyons selected to NEWMAC All-Conference teams

Trio of Lyons selected to NEWMAC All-Conference teams

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College softball team had three of its players named to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league teams for the first time since 2008.

Senior Katy Salka (Ayer, Mass./Ayer) was selected to the first team for the initial time in her career, as she picked up second-team laurels last spring, while classmate Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) and junior Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) drew their first league accolades as second-team honorees.

Salka ranks among the league leaders in a number of statistical categories, entering the week in third in batting average (.441), doubles (13) and on-base percentage (.492), fourth in slugging (.640), sixth in hits (49) and eighth in total bases (71).  Salka's recorded a team-best 16 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests, which is tied for second on the squad.  Earlier this season, she compiled an eight-game hitting streak.

Hunt came into the week ranking tied for fifth in the conference in sacrifice bunts (5), tied for sixth in triples (2), tied for seventh in home runs (5), ranked eighth in slugging (.612) and tied for 10th in RBI (29).  Hunt's posted 10 multi-hit games, which is third on the team, and a team-best seven multi-RBI contests.  Earlier this season, the third baseman had a five-game hitting streak.

Poplaski began the week pacing the NEWMAC in steals (23) while tying for second in triples (3), ranking fourth in on-base percentage (.492) and tying for fifth in batting average (.400) and times hit by a pitch (4).  Poplaski's notched 10 multi-hit games, good for second on the team.  Earlier this season, she put together a nine-game hitting streak, which ties for the squad's second longest.

Finishing tied for fourth in the NEWMAC standings at 9-7 while being seeded fifth in the league tournament, Wheaton won its opening-round game before dropping its next two.  At 19-18 overall, the Lyons host a pair of non-league doubleheaders this week to finish out their season, beginning with tomorrow's twinbill against Framingham State University at 3:30 p.m.