May 8, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - Senior catcher Shikara Lowe (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) was selected All-BIG EAST First Team, while junior outfielder Alexandria Anttila (Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) and sophomore utility/pitcher Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) were named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team, when awards were announced during the post-season banquet on Wednesday night.
Lowe posted the best season of her four-year career to become Georgetown's first softball player to earn first team honors. The senior catcher batted .336 (with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 50 games. She slugged .471 and got on base at a .460 clip, good for seventh in the league. Lowe was even stronger in conference play, batting .388 (26-for-67) with four home runs and 19 RBIs against BIG EAST opponents.
"It's a huge honor," Lowe said, following the banquet. "I have to thank my coaches and all the help they've given me during the past four years. I especially have to thank all of the girls that came before me, who have paved this path for all of us to succeed at Georgetown."
Anttila and Hyson earned third team nods, becoming just the third and fourth individuals in GU softball history to earn All-BIG EAST accolades. The pair join Lowe and Mackensey Carter, a three-time all-conference honoree, who earned third team distinction in 2009, before earning second team honors in 2010 and 2011
Anttila finished in a tie for fourth in the BIG EAST with 12 home runs, highlighted by a historic performance in a win over Rutgers on April 6, where she hit for the home run cycle. Against the Scarlet Knights, she tied the NCAA Division I softball individual game record with four homeruns and 16 total bases in one game. On the season, Anttila drove in 35 runs, had 10 doubles and slugged .572. She also finished second in the league, being hit by 11 pitches.
Hyson came on strong during conference play, helping the team win a program-best 10 BIG EAST games and earn its first postseason berth. In 22 BIG EAST games, Hyson hit .328 with two home runs, while driving in 10 runs. In the circle, Hyson went 5-7 with a 5.15 earned run average, spanning 70.2 innings.
Georgetown will play its first postseason action on Thursday morning, with the first-pitch scheduled for 10 a.m. at USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. A live stream of Thursday's action is available at www.bigeastsoftball.com. Game updates will be provided by the Hoyas official twitter account @HoyaSoftball.