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Snow Named America East Player of the Year

UAlbany Sports Information   05-09-2017

VESTAL, N.Y.— The University at Albany Softball team took home the coveted Player of the Year award along with three all-conference selections at the 2017 America East Softball banquet. This year's banquet took place at the No. 1 seed Binghamton University.

2017 UAlbany America East Honors:

Player of the Year- Liz Snow
First Team All-Conference- Liz Snow
Second Team All-Conference- Mackenzie Cleary
Second Team All-Conference- Donna Conrad
All-Rookie Team- Bailey Turner
All-Academic Team- Devin Durando
All-Academic Team- Liz Snow

LIZ SNOW NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Senior catcher, Liz Snow was selected as the 2017 America East Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on the All-Conference First team and the All-Academic team. This season Snow has been named the America East Player of the Week three times. Starting all 38 games in the 2017 season with a .423 batting average, Snow leads the conference in four offensive categories including slugging percentage (.971), on base percentage (.527), doubles (18), and total bases (100). 

Not only is she an America East leader but she is a NCAA leader as well, leading the nation with .47 doubles per game. Additionally, she is second in the nation for her high slugging percentage of .971.

During Snow's career she has been awarded by the America East a total of 18 times.

America East Awards in Snow's Career:

Player of the Year: 201
Rookie of the Year: 2014
First Team All-Conference: 2017, 2014
Second Team All-Conference: 2016, 2015
All-Academic Team: 2017, 2016, 2015
All-Rookie Team: 2014
Player of the Week: 2017 (x3), 2016 (x2)
Rookie of the Week: 2014 (x3)

CLEARY AND CONRAD BACK-TO-BACK ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS

UAlbany's senior 1st baseman Mackenzie Cleary and junior right fielder Donna Conrad have been named to the America East Second Team All-Conference for the second year in a row.

Mackenzie Cleary has batted a .321 average with 56 at bats this season. Cleary has recorded 18 hits with five RBIs, three doubles, and one home run. At first base, she has leads her team with 123 putouts and a .949 fielding percentage.

Donna Conrad totaled a .314 batting average this season while starting in 33 games. Offensively she has produced 32 hits, scoring 22 times. This season she has totaled 26 RBIs, three home runs and three doubles. In the outfield Conrad has accounted for 39 putouts with no errors in the field.

BAILEY TURNER JOINS ALL-ROOKIE SQUAD

Freshman pitcher Bailey Turner from Fort Worth, Texas joins the America East All-Rookie team. This season Bailey Turner has the second most starts for the Great Danes in the circle earning an 8-5 pitching record. In the America East Turner is ranked 5th in opposing batting average (.267) and 4th in pitching wins (8). The freshman has appeared in 18 games with 15 starts totaling a 3.85 earned run average with 47 strike outs. 

DURANDO AND SNOW AWARDED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Devin Durando currently hold a 3.60 GPA majoring in human biology with a minor in sociology. She was listed to the 2015/16 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and the 2014/15 America East Honor Roll. Durando has been named to the Dean's List four times in her collegiate career. This is Durando's third America East award and second time All-Academic Team selection.

Player of the Year Liz Snow holds a 3.47 GPA majoring in human biology with a neurology minor. This year Snow has been honored with the University at Albany's President's Award for Leadership and the SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award. Additionally, she is a two-time selection to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 1 Softball Team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The America East Tournament will begin tomorrow May 10th. No. 4 UAlbany will take on the No. 5 UMBC Retrievers at 11 a.m. 

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