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Castile Leads Racers With All-OVC First Team, Freshman of the Year Honors | Murray State

2012 Softball All-Conference Teams

Murray State freshman Casey Castile was named to the All-OVC First Team and chosen as OVC Freshman of the Year for the 2012 season in a vote by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. The honors were announced by the conference at the championship banquet held on the campus of UT Martin.

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Racers' Casey Castile, All-OVC First Team/ OVC Freshman of the Year

Castile was joined on the conference’s postseason squads by juniorShelby Kosmecki and senior Megan Glosser, who were both named All-OVC Second Team, and on the All-Newcomer Team by freshmanMo Ramsey.

“I am really proud of what our team has accomplished this year and how we have gotten better each day,” Murray State head coach Jay Pyron said. “It’s nice to see some of our players recognized for those efforts by the OVC and the other coaches in our league.  Our outfielders have been big producers for us this year and at times they were the 1-2-3 batters and it says a lot about how big they have been for us to see each of them get some recognition.  Casey has had a tremendous year and has performed at a very high level.  She is very deserving of being on the first team and being the Freshman of the Year.  She has been a pleasure to coach and has a great attitude that has been a key to her success.”

Castile is the third Racer to earn All-OVC First Team honors, following Jenna Bradley and Lauren Buch‘s selection in 2011.

Castile proved to be one of the best players in the conference in her first season, ranking fourth in the OVC and leading the Racers with 44 RBIs as she started all 51 games in center field. She also hit a team-best 11 home runs and ranked second on the team with 40 runs scored and 22 walks. She was thrown out attempting to steal just once on the season, swiping 21-of-22 bases on the year.

She was vital to the Racers once the conference season started, leading the team with a .340 batting average against OVC competition.

Glosser and Kosmecki are making their first appearances on the All-OVC teams. Glosser, a 2010 All-Newcomer selection, hit a career-high .382 this season to lead the Racers and ended the season ranked third in the OVC in batting. She produced career-highs across the board in her third and final season, scoring a team best 46 runs, leading Murray State with 65 hits and tying her career-best of 28 stolen bases from her sophomore season.  She ranked 14th in the NCAA in toughest players to strike out, going down on strikes just once every 28.3 at bats.

“It’s unfortunate that Megan wasn’t named to the first team because she is one of the best players in the league and deserved to be there,” Pyron said. “She has worked hard over the past three years to improve her game and is now a well-rounded player that has been critical to our success.  She has gotten some big hits for us over the course of the year and is very difficult for the opposition to keep off the bases.  Megan has done great things for our program and I’m excited to see what she can do this week.”

Kosmecki led MSU with a 2.27 earned run average, her best in three seasons, in 30 appearances and 25 starts, good for third lowest in the OVC. She finished the regular season with a personal high of 12 wins, striking out a career-high 119 batters in 141.2 innings. Kosmecki allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 starts this season, including five starts with zero earned runs and a pair of complete game shutouts.

“Shelby has been a big part of our program,” Pyron noted. “We have seen her improve each year and this has been her best year yet.  We have an incredible pitching staff with three pitchers that we can go to at any time but Shelby has done a great job for us and is very deserving of this recognition.  Any time she pitches, we have a chance to win.”

Ramsey ended the season with a .304 batting average, third on the team, and was also third on the squad with 14 stolen bases, 34 runs and 34 hits. She stepped up her play down the stretch, batting .355 over the final month of the season.

“We have a freshman class that has had a big impact this year that we have counted on for some serious production and Mo has certainly been a big part of that,” Pyron said.  “She has stepped up in some big times and have made other players around her better by getting on base so often and causing problems with her speed.”

Fourth-seed Murray State opens the 2012 OVC Softball Championships Thursday afternoon against #5 Eastern Kentucky. First pitch at Bettye Giles Field in Martin, Tenn., is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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