WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 17, 2011) - Coming off the most successful season in program history, seven Tars were recognized on the Daktronics All-South Region team. Standout catcher Christine Roser and Hope Bitzer headlined the awards with Roser being named Player of the Year and Bitzer tallying Pitcher of the Year honors, while Krista Rodden and Amber Pederson were also selected to the first team and were joined by Monica Meadows, Kirsten Frame and Jessica Moreland on the second team, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Roser capped off her illustrious playing career at Rollins, leaving an indelible mark on the record books with her name being at the top of five offensive categories. She was also tabbed to the Sunshine State All-Conference First Team and selected the conference’s top player. Roser finished the season with a .415 batting average, 48 RBIs and nine homeruns to lead the Tars to an unprecedented 45-4 mark and third-straight NCAA Regional tournament.
Bitzer helped the Tars claim their third-straight conference championship with an 18-1 record, while leading the nation in individual ERA. Bitzer was also a threat at the plate with a .339 average and knocked home 39 RBIs in her first season with the Tars. Bitzer also collected All-SSC First Team and SSC Pitcher of the Year accolades to add to her trophy case.
Rodden had another stellar season for the Tars, hitting .361 and collecting 39 RBIs on the season. She also tallied five homeruns and was the anchor of the veteran infield crew that again led the conference with a .975 fielding percentage.
Pederson rounded out the first team selections for the Tars after she led the Tars infield to a stellar finish for the 2011 campaign. She finished the season strong, ending with a .331 average and 21 RBIs to help fuel the top of the order for the Tars. Defensively, Pederson held a .944 fielding percentage to help keep opposing lineups off the base paths.
Frame, Moreland and Meadows collected second team honors with very strong seasons. A year after being named SSC Freshmen of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, Frame picked up where she left off. She went 15-2 with a 0.66 ERA to help give the Tars a chance to win close games. She also ranks second in the nation in individual ERA at 0.66.
Moreland hit .329 with 42 RBIs and wielded a .992 fielding percentage to emerge as an anchor over at first base. She also led the team in home runs with 10 round trippers on the year.
Coming off an injury that cost her all of the 2010 campaign, Meadows returned to form for the Tars and took over the leadoff duties for the Tars. Meadows hit .370 on the year, while driving in 33 runs. She was a model for perfection in the field, not committing a single error from the outfield and was the anchor of the group that saw multiple changes.
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