Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks softball players Amber Rollins and Kelsey Stephens each received recognition from the American Southwest Conference, it was announced Tuesday by ASC Media Relations Director Greg Weghorst.
Rollins, a freshman pitcher, was named the ASC East Division Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the ASC All-East Division Second Team. Stephens, a senior first baseman, was named to the ASC All-East Division Honorable Mention Team.
Rollins, a native of Searcy, Ark., produced a spectacular rookie season by leading the ASC in a number of categories, including strikeouts (172), innings pitched (194.1), appearances (35), games started (26) and complete games (25). She finished the season with a 10-16 record, a 3.31 ERA and two shutouts. She broke single-season school records in appearances, innings pitched and strikeouts. Her best performance of the season came against University of the Dallas February 26 when she tossed a one-hitter and tied the school record with 12 strikeouts.
Stephens, a native of Anna, Texas, had one of her best seasons as a Lady Eagle. For the second straight season, she hit above .350 and drove in double digit runs. In 2012, she led the team in batting (.356), home runs (4), RBI (19), total bases (54), slugging percentage (.535), walks (17) and fielding percentage (.967). Additionally, she recorded four doubles and one triple. She also proved to be among the toughest to strikeout in NCAA III fanning just five times in 101 at-bats. She posted eight multiple-hit games and hit safely in 26 games. Against Louisiana College March 16, she went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The four-year starter finishes her career at Ozarks ranked in the top-10 in a number of categories, including batting (.330-6th), slugging percentage (.448-6th), on-base percentage (.421-2nd), games played (152-4th), hits (112-7th), doubles (23-3rd), home runs (8-2nd), RBI (63-3rd), total bases (152-7th) and walks (47-2nd).