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Former JD standout Finch named SIAC softball Player of Year

(April 26, 2016)

Just two days before the start of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SAIC) Softball Championships, the conference office announced the All-Conference team as voted on by the coaches and sports information directors.

Freshman Kaylin Finch was named the SIAC Player of the Year, finishing the regular season hitting .389.

A former standout at Jeff Davis High School, Finch leads Tuskegee in homeruns (eight) and RBI (36). She has also recorded 56 hits in 47 games this year. She has recorded a team-leading 16 extra-base hits this season, which includes seven doubles. In conference games, she hit .524 with six homeruns and 25 RBI.

Not only did she perform at the plate, but she also did on the mound as she finished the year 10-11 overall (9-4, 1.90 ERA in conference play). She logged a team-high 130.1 innings, striking out 69. She also had a perfect game this season on the mound, defeating Clark Atlanta at the SIAC Crossover.

Fellow freshman Sharde Thomas was named the SIAC Utility Player of the Year. She leads Tuskegee with a .504 average in 36 games that is ranked third in the nation. She leads the team in runs scored (41), hits (68), doubles (seven), triples (three), on-base percentage (.541) and stolen bases (13-of-16). Thomas hit .522 in conference play with nine extra-base hits. She also leads the conference and is second in the country in hitting currently.

Tuskegee (20-29, 18-6 SIAC), the top seed from the West Division is represented on both the first and second teams.

Both Finch (shortstop) and Thomas (utility) were named First Team All-Conference, while teammates Jamaica Williams (third base) and Chante Warner (outfield) were named Second Team.

Williams leads the team in homeruns (nine) and RBI (37), while Warner is hitting .328 and is third on the team in RBI (22).

The four players chosen to the teams by Tuskegee are the second-most in the conference this season. The Lady Golden Tigers are tied with Spring Hill at four, and just one behind Claflin for the league-lead.

Tuskegee hits the field on Thursday in the opening round of the SIAC Softball Championships, facing Clark Atlanta at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

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