HAMMOND, Ind. -- The Purdue University Calumet softball team saw three of its players earn all-league honors with Thursday's release of the all-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards.
Sophomores Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and freshman Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) all were named to the all-CCAC second team for their efforts during the 2016 campaign.
Morales, a sophomore center fielder, started 46 games and recorded a .331 batting average with a team-best 50 hits and four triples (fifth in the CCAC), adding 11 doubles and four triples and 30 runs scored to go along with 23 RBI. She was 4-for-6 on stolen base attempts and near-perfect in center field, where she recorded 129 putouts and a .971 fielding percentage.
Pagan, a sophomore pitcher and utility player, batted .296 with 42 hits, 11 doubles, a team-high eight home runs (tied for second in the CCAC) and 35 RBI (eighth in the CCAC), and she added a slugging percentage of .542. She recorded a team-high 15 walks and in the field, tallied 112 putouts with a .978 fielding percentage, where she primary played in the circle or at first base.
Sardella, a freshman catcher, had a stellar rookie season, batting .312 with 48 hits, a team-high 13 doubles (fourth in the CCAC), two triples, one home run and 25 RBI. She added slugging percentages of .442 and stole three of four base attempts, while finishing the regular-season with a .908 mark behind the plate, where she started every game for the Peregrines (49).
St. Xavier senior Nicole Nonnemacher was named both the Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year after her stellar season led the Cougars to the CCAC regular-season title. Coach of the Year also went to St. Xavier's Myra Minuskin was tabbed the CCAC's Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors were shared between St. Ambrose' Morgan Krieger and Olivet Nazarene's Emily Carsens.
Purdue Calumet finished its regular season 22-27 overall and 11-13 in the CCAC, where it earned its second-straight bid into the CCAC Tournament.
For the full list of award winners: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/14/11.php