Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:34

Vilchez Named League's Pitcher & Player of the Year; Three Named All-SUNYAC

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The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) has named three members of the Oswego State softball team to one of its two All-Conference teams. Rebecca Vilchez earned first team honors, while Angela Frampton and Madelana Wrubel earned second team honors. Additionally, Vilchez was named both the Pitcher and Player of the Year.

Vilchez makes conference and program history with her accolades. The sophomore is the first player in SUNYAC history to win both major awards in the same season. Vilchez is also the first player in Oswego's history to win either award.

On the mound, Vilchez finished the season with a 2.61 ERA and a SUNYAC-high 14 wins. She was particularly dominant in conference play, with a miniscule ERA of 1.35, good for second in the conference among pitchers with over 20 innings pitched in SUNYAC contests. The Franklin Square, N.Y. native was a machine, pitching 139.1 innings during the season, which also ranked second in the conference. Among SUNYAC pitchers with over 40 innings pitched, Vilchez was the only one who did not surrender a home run.

At the plate, Vilchez finished the season with a team-leading .378 batting average. As with her pitching, Vilchez's hitting was especially strong in SUNYAC play. The student-athlete's .429 batting average was good for seventh place in the conference, while her 23 runs scored topped the leaderboard and her 16 RBI ranked fourth. Vilchez also racked up extra-base hits in SUNYAC contests and was the only player in the conference with 10 or more doubles (13).

Both second team recipients are first-year players for the Lakers. As a transfer-junior, Frampton batted .374 on the year, trailing only Vilchez for the team-high. Her 30 RBI led the Lakers and were good for fourth in the conference. Displaying her power at the plate, Frampton's four home runs put her in a tie for fifth in the conference. The Corning, N.Y. native showed her patience at the plate as well, drawing a team-high 13 walks during the season.

On the mound, Frampton recorded a 3.23 ERA over 69.1 innings. She finished the season with three saves – which ranks 17th nationally – and a 4-3 record. Frampton also collected 54 strikeouts on the season, good for a team-high average of 5.47 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.

Wrubel rounded out the top-3 batting averages on the Lakers, batting .349 on the season. The freshman was dominant at the plate in conference play, batting .396 to rank 10th in the SUNYAC. Wrubel frequently came through in clutch situations for the Lakers. Against SUNYAC champion Geneseo on April 21, Wrubel smacked a single through the left side in the seventh inning to secure a walk-off victory for Oswego. The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native also batted .600 during Oswego's two games in the SUNYAC Championship, earning an All-Tournament Team spot for her efforts.

Vilchez, Frampton and Wrubel helped Oswego to a 19-15 record on the season and a SUNYAC Championship appearance. The Lakers' 19 wins were their most since the 1981 season, when the team notched a 19-7 record.

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