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Leigh Thompson Wins Batting Title And Newcomer of the Year

May 3, 2002
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-U of O junior third baseman Leigh Thompson was named American Southwest Conference East Division Newcomer of the Year and earned a spot on the All-ASC team, which were selected by conference coaches and announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Thompson, from Harrison, Arkansas, led the conference in batting (.443), RBI (37) and doubles (16). She finished second in the conference in hits (43). Thompson, a transfer from North Arkansas College, was also named to the ASC All-East Division first team. Thompson was one of 14 players on the All-ASC team, which consists of players from the East and West division and is the first Ozarks’ player to win the batting title. "I knew coming in she would be an impact player and be an offensive run producer," said head coach Jon Janssen. "The batting title is not something I was counting on her to accomplish this season. She came here with the attitude of wanting to do anything to help the team win. Her unselfishness has brought her the accolades she so much deserves." The Lady Eagles had four players who received honorable mention all-conference. Freshman catcher Kelly Bennett, freshman shortstop Regan Brown and freshman outfielder Shannon Rainbolt were named to the honorable mention list. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Luney also earned a spot on the honorable mention list. Ozarks finished the year with a seven game win streak and a 22-18 record in just their second season of competing in fast-pitch softball.