Savannah State’s Wright Named MEAC Player of the Year; Gonzalez Coach of the Year

Savannah State's Wright Named MEAC Player of the Year; Gonzalez Coach of the Year (Image 1)

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NORFOLK, Va., May 5, 2015 – Savannah State junior Torrian Wright was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Savannah State softball head coach Jose Gonzalez was named the 2015 MEAC Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Tigers to a 20-15 overall record and a program-high 13-1 MEAC record. Gonzalez is the winningest coach in SSU’s softball history after eight seasons at the helm.

The Lady Tigers earned a number one seed in the 2015 MEAC Championship coming up this week after winning the program’s second MEAC Southern Division regular season title.

Wright, the 2015 MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, led the conference in batting (.584), onbase percentage (.752), runs batted in (49), home runs (17), walks (48), total bases (100), and slugging percentage (1.299). She also finished second in runs scored (40).

The McDonough, Ga. native has led all of NCAA Division I for four consecutive weeks in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. She leads the MEAC in home runs (17), and is nationally ranked third in home runs per game (.49), and fifth in RBI per game (1.40).

Wright is the only Savannah State student-athlete to win a MEAC Preseason Player of the Year (2014 and 2015), MEAC Player of the Year (2014 and 2015) and MEAC Rookie of the Year (2013) awards. She also earned two MEAC Player of the Week accolades during the 2015 season.

Wright and teammate Amber Hallman were named to the All-MEAC First Team. Hallman is ranked third in batting average (.437) in the conference, and second in RBI (43), home runs (13) and total bases (92).

The senior out of Kennesaw, Ga. is nationally ranked in batting average (49th), home runs per game (24th), on-base percentage (53rd), RBI per game (22nd), and runs per game (53rd).

This is the second MEAC Coach of the Year award for Gonzalez. In the program’s first year of competition within the conference, 2012, he led the Lady Tigers to a MEAC Southern Division regular season title and a 12-3 conference record, earning the award.

Savannah State softball will open the 2015 MEAC Championship Tournament on May 7 at 10 a.m. in Ormond Beach, Fla. as the number one seed out of the MEAC Southern Division. They take on Howard University, the number four seed out of the MEAC Northern Division.

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