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Waxahachie, Texas- May 9, 2016- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team is proud to announce their first Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) 1 st Team Softball All Conference member.  Senior Kelsey Coburn picked up the first team honor, while Amber Gignac and Bailey Balloun made the second team.

The SAC is home to both the number one ranked Oklahoma City University as well as the number three ranked St. Gregory’s University .  According to head coach Sarah Harman , Coburn receiving this award is huge for not only her, but the program, “It’s really tough to get all-conference nominations.  It’s a true honor to have Kelsey named first team with all of the athletes that we compete against.  She’s very deserving of the award and her offense has just been amazing this year.  We will miss her next year and she will be a hard one to replace.”

Coburn, a third baseman from Lewisville, Texas, had a batting average of 0.393 and a slugging percentage of 0.579.  This season Coburn hit four homeruns and 15 doubles.  She scored 20 runs and had 31 RBI’s.  In the field, she had 64 putouts and 119 assists.

Coburn is also the first SAGU softball player to play all four years and graduate from the program.

Amber Gignac is a senior outfielder from Houston, Texas .  Gignac had a batting average of 0.297 and a slugging percentage of 0.365.  She also scored 16 runs for the season.  Gignac picked up 58 putouts and three assists.

And finally, sophomore outfielder Bailey Balloun is from Arlington, Texas .  Balloun had 101 putouts and 11 assists.  At the plate, she batted 0.281 and had a slugging percentage of 0.338.

The league’s top two teams, Oklahoma City University and St. Gregory’s University, dominated the selections with 11 of the 19 first-team selections.

Player-of-the-Year honors went to St. Gregory’s Ashli Hafford . The sophomore from Blanchard, Okla. leads the conference in batting average (.504), slugging percentage (.969) home runs (16) and RBI’s (65).

Pitcher-of-the-Year honors went to Oklahoma City’s Abby Meador f or the second consecutive year. The Midwest City, Okla. sophomore is 23-1 for the NAIA’s No. 1 ranked team. She has an ERA of 0.74 ERA this year and is 49-6 in her two years with the Stars.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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