2012 ACC Softball Honors Announced
May 10, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina, which finished atop the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings for the fourth time in school history, leads the 2012 All-ACC Softball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
In addition to placing four players on the first or second All-ACC teams, the Tar Heels received two of the conference's postseason individual awards in voting by the league's eight head coaches. Sophomore Lori Spingola was named the Pitcher of the Year, while coach Donna Papa received ACC Coach of the Year honors.
Georgia Tech senior Kelsi Weseman was voted as the ACC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and NC State's Renada Davis garnered Freshman of the Year accolades.
Weseman becomes the third player in league history to repeat as Player of the Year. A shortstop from Hutto, Texas, she has been named to the All-ACC First Team in each of her four seasons. The 2009 Freshman of the Year is tied for the league-lead with 12 home runs, and ranks atop the ACC in conference play in slugging percentage (.889), on-base percentage (.653), runs scored (23), and home runs (6).
Spingola finished the regular season with a 30-9 mark, which leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in victories. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Spingola was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week four times in 2012 and has now earned All-ACC First-Team honors in both of her first two seasons with the Tar Heels.
The second player in NC State history to named ACC Freshman of the Year, Davis led her team and ranked fourth in the league with a .365 batting average. A shortstop from Tomball, Texas, Davis started 52 games in her first year and finished with 54 hits, 31 runs, 26 RBIs, and five home runs.
Papa earns her fifth ACC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Tar Heels to the top spot in the ACC regular-season standings. North Carolina enters postseason play with a 40-12 record and a top-25 ranking in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. In her 27th year as the Tar Heel coach, Papa has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 11 years.
Each of the ACC's eight softball schools placed at least one student-athlete on this year's All-ACC Team. Florida State and North Carolina led with four players recognized, followed by Georgia Tech and Maryland with three honorees.
2012 All-ACC Softball Team
Andrea Filler Boston College
ACC Player of the Year: Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech ACC Pitcher of the Year: Lori Spingola, North Carolina ACC Freshman of the Year: Renada Davis, NC State ACC Coach of the Year: Donna Papa, North Carolina