May 2, 2013

NAC Honors Alverno's Wilmore, Villalobos and Sagat

MILWAUKEE -- The Northern Athletics Conference honored three Alverno College athletes, as the league announced its award winners for the 2013 softball season. Stef Wilmore was named to the All-NAC first team, Jamie Villalobos to the second team and Ashleigh Sagat received honorable mention.

Wilmore's (Elkhart, Ind./Central) first team honor is her second straight, and third overall as she was named to the first team last season and second team her sophomore season.

The senior catcher ended the season as the top hitter in the conference with a .491 batting average. She also had the top on-base percentage (.565), slugging percentage (.935) and hit a league-high 17 doubles to become the NAC's all-time leader with 54 in her four-year career.

Wilmore's nine home runs ranked fourth while her 45 RBIs were third and 53 hits were just two away from the league-lead. Her 20-game hit streak set a school record, and was just three away from the NAC's all-time mark. Wilmore was named NAC Position Player of the Week twice this season.

Villalobos (Antioch, Ill.) split her time at first base and in the pitchers circle, and made the All-NAC second team as a utility player.

The senior left-hander started every game as the team's leadoff hitter, and tallied 49 hits, good for seventh most in the conference. She hit .366 with a .392 on-base percentage, which included six doubles, three stolen bases, 30 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

In the circle, she tied for the league lead with a pair of saves, and went 7-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 24 appearances. Her 108.2 innings pitched was ninth most in the NAC, and she was honored with the NAC's Pitcher of the Week award the third week of March.

Sagat (New Berlin, Wis./Eisenhower) was one of just five honorable mentions to the All-NAC teams. The junior outfielder had 42 hits for a .368 average, which included 13 extra-base knocks for a .570 slugging percentage.

Of her five home runs this season, three of the blasts were grand slams, which aided her 41 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Sagat was named NAC Position Player of the Week this past Monday.

The Inferno set a school record for wins for the second-consecutive season with an 18-18 record, the first .500-season in school history. Alverno finished in seventh place with a 10-14 record in NAC play, just one spot shy of qualifying for the conference tournament.

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