WICHITA, Kan. – The Missouri Valley Conference announced Wednesday that Wichita State junior Erin Carney has been named to the All-MVC First Team.
Elected to the first team as a utility player, the Andale, Kan. native led the Shockers with a .338 batting average and a .535 slugging percentage in conference play. Overall the junior finished the regular season batting .289 with seven doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Carney displayed her versatility throughout the season playing 13 games in the outfield, 14 at first base and 20 at third base.
“Erin was the definition of a utility for us this year. She was able to play a number of positions throughout the season and has really stepped up at the plate in conference,” said head coach Kristi Bredbenner. “This is a well deserved award for Erin.”
For her career Carney now ranks tied for 11th in both on-base percentage (.379) and home runs (14) and is one hit-by-pitch shy of tying Julie Darlng’s career record of 25.
Among the many highlights of the 2013 season for Carney was perhaps the greatest of the season for the Shockers when the junior hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to take down Illinois State 5-4 in the series opener in Wichita.
She is the first Shocker to be named to the first team since Heather Gerritse in 2011.
Carney and the rest of the Shockers play the first game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Thursday at 11:05 a.m. against Southern Illinois.