All-OAC honors for Monnier, Byrne
May 3, 2013
Danielle Monnier (left) and Brooke Byrne were named All-OAC Saturday. (Wilmington file photos)
AUSTINTOWN – For the second consecutive season, the Ohio Athletic Conference has honored a Wilmington College softball player with first team honors. This season, it’s junior pitcher Danielle Monnier.
Monnier (Houston, OH/Houston) is joined by senior Brooke Byrne (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) on the conference softball teams. For the second year in a row, Byrne earned honorable mention laurels from the OAC.
In a record-breaking season, Monnier is one of the main reasons for Wilmington’s success. She won her first six starts, and finished with a WC single-season record of 12 victories. Monnier ended the year with an ERA of 1.45 and 122 strikeouts, also single-season records. She allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of her 18 starts and registered four one-hitters this season.
Following a stellar junior campaign, Monnier already holds two Wilmington career records with 305 strikeouts and 24 victories. She was named the 2013 Female Student-Athletes of the Year by her peers during the recent WESPYs.
“Danielle had an amazing season, I cannot say enough on what she means to our program,” said head coach Beth Floyd. “She has improved every year. This year was a break out year for Danielle, she was dominant in the circle and I am extremely proud of her.”
Byrne has been a consistent force in the middle of the Lady Quakers’ lineup. She recorded at least one hit in 27 of the team’s 35 games, including a career-long stretch of 16 straight. The 15 doubles she recorded last season is a single-season record, while her 31 career two-base hits are a WC career high.
Her 86 runs scored established a new career mark in the category, while her 10 career homeruns has her tied for second behind junior Catlin Shilling.
“Brooke plays so hard and loves the game of softball, she has had a huge impact on our program,” said Floyd. “She is well deserving of this award for the second year in a row.”
The Lady Quakers set a new record for most wins in season with 20 and the first winning season in school fastpitch history.