BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Following two of the most successful rookie seasons in Mississippi State softball history, Caroline Seitz and Alexis Silkwood were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team, according to an announcement from the league office on Tuesday.
The pair of selections are tied for the most in a year in Bulldog history. MSU also had two SEC All-Freshman honorees in 2007 and 2011. Seitz and Silkwood are the 11th and 12th players in program history, and second and third under head coach Vann Stuedeman, to earn the recognition from the SEC.
A Top 25 Finalist for the inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year Award, Seitz leads Mississippi State with a .354 batting average, 62 hits, 19 doubles, four triples, 113 total bases, 19 multiple-hit games and a .646 slugging percentage. She enters the league tournament tied for first in the SEC in doubles, tied for second in triples, eighth in total bases, 11th in hits, 12th in slugging percentage and sixth in assists (100). In only SEC games, Seitz topped the Bulldogs with 25 hits and a .321 average.
The Birmingham, Ala., product drove in game-winning runs versus No. 21 LSU, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 3 Alabama. Seitz turned in a career-high three hits at No. 21 Auburn and hit .500 in the three-game series against Arkansas.
Seitz owns the most doubles for any freshman in Mississippi State history and is tied for the third-most triples by a Bulldog rookie. Her eight home runs, slugging percentage and 113 total bases are all tied for the third most in a year in program history.
Silkwood was named the April 21 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week and Feb. 17 and March 3 SEC Freshman of the Week. She threw 33.1 consecutive scoreless innings, from Feb. 7 to March 1, to set the longest streak in program history.
Within the Southeastern Conference, Silkwood threw a complete game shutout at No. 4 Tennessee, striking out 11. The 11 whiffs are an MSU rookie record during a league contest. The East Alton, Ill., product earned her first career SEC victory at No. 21 Auburn, with a complete-game three-hit performance. She held Arkansas scoreless in 8.1 innings and won game three of that series.
In addition to the 11-strikeout performance against the Lady Vols, Silkwood set the MSU freshman record with 12 strikeouts at FAU. Her 148 total strikeouts are the second most by a rookie in program history, behind only Lindsey Dunlap’s 161 in 2009.
Seitz, Silkwood and the Bulldogs return to action Wednesday during the opening round of the SEC Tournament. MSU takes on No. 10 Kentucky at 3 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
P – Baylee Corbello, LSU
P – Alexis Silkwood, Mississippi State
P – Tori Finucane, Missouri
P – Nickie Blue, South Carolina
IF – Kasey Cooper, Auburn
IF – Caroline Seitz, Mississippi State
IF – Kaylea Snaer, South Carolina
IF – Megan Geer, Tennessee
IF –Taylor Koening, Tennessee
OF – Justine McLean, Florida
OF – Bailey Landry, LSU
OF - Shaliyah Geathers, Tennessee
C – Annie Aldrete, Tennessee
DP/U – Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU