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May 8, 2013

FSU sweeps major WVIAC softball honors

PRINCETON — Fairmont State University’s softball program took home all four major postseason awards given out by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Holly Frampton was named Player of the Year; Chelsea Cobb was named Pitcher of the Year; Courtney Iacobacci was the Freshman of the Year; head coach Rick Wade was the Coach of the Year in a vote conducted by the league coaches.

Frampton’s powerful bat led the Falcons to the WVIAC regular-season championship and a spot in the WVIAC Tournament championship game. She garnered a .411 batting average, ranking third in the conference. Her 18 homers established a new school record, and she ranks among the top 10 in NCAA Division II in that category. She was second in the league with 49 RBI and was the league’s best slugging .879. Her award marks the second time that a Falcon picked up Player of the Year honors in the WVIAC, with the first coming in 2005 (Jessica Greathouse).

Cobb matched her school record, recording 24 wins and leading the WVIAC with a 1.68 ERA. In addition to ranking 17th in the country in victories, she also ranks nationally in strikeouts (191) and walks per seven innings (1.12). In 2010, Cobb was selected as the WVIAC Freshman of the Year. She leaves Fairmont State owning nearly every significant single-season and career record.

Iacobacci led FSU with a .422 batting average, which was second best in the WVIAC. Her 68 hits this season matched the school record in that category. Iacobacci tallied a .466 on-base percentage and generated 0.90 runs per game. Iacobacci also had 45 putouts and three assists without an error. It marks the second time FSU has had a Freshman of the Year.

Wade picked up his first Coach of the Year award while guiding the Falcons to their first-ever WVIAC regular-season title. He led FSU to a 21-5 overall mark and a 174.62 power rating. His squad completed the season with a 37-12 ledger — the most in school history. He is the first coach from Fairmont State to earn the Coach of the Year award from WVIAC in softball.

In addition to the major awards, Frampton, Cobb and Iacobacci were all named first team All-WVIAC.

FSU’s Sarah Parsons and Nikki Nuzum earned second-team honors. Parsons, a sophomore, played solid at short and batted .348 with 27 RBI and 32 runs scored. Nuzum, a junior, was 10-4 with a 1.74 ERA.

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