May 6, 2014

Kristen Boros Named All-BIG EAST

INDIANAPOLIS—Butler junior Kristen Boros was one of 14 players named to the first team of the 2014 All-BIG EAST Softball Team, chosen by a vote of conference head coaches.  The all-conference team was released by the BIG EAST office on Tuesday, May 6.

Boros, who was named to the all-conference team as a second baseman, started all 52 games for the Bulldogs this spring and wound up batting .286 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 25 runs batted in.  She led the team in hits (46) and runs scored (28), and she shared the team lead in home runs.  She also boasted a .975 fielding percentage with a team-high 93 assists.

The all-conference honor for Boros is her second in two different leagues.   She was named to the All-Newcomer Team in the Horizon League in 2012.

BIG EAST regular season champ DePaul captured all four of the league's top individual awards.  Junior Mary Connolly was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, while senior Kirsten Verdon was chosen conference Pitcher of the Year.  DePaul freshman Dylan Christensen was named league Rookie of the Year and DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti and his staff were chosen as the conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

2014 All-BIG EAST Softball Team
First Team   
Becca Changsgrom, Creighton, Sr., P   
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul, Sr., P*   
Erin Burner, St. John's, Jr., C*   
Mary Connolly, DePaul, Jr., 1B   
Kristen Boros, Butler, Jr., 2B   
Liz Dike, Creighton, Jr., SS   
Kaitlin Fitzgerald, St. John's, Fr., 3B   
Alexis Cantu, Creighton, Sr., P/UT   
Danielle DeStaso, Seton Hall, Jr., DP/UT   
Kiarra Baldassari, Providence, So., OF   
Dylan Christensen, DePaul, Fr., OF   
Megan Coronado, DePaul, Sr., OF   
Jacqueline DiPietro, Seton Hall, So., OF    
Elyse Graziano, Georgetown, Sr., OF

Second Team
Tori Free, St. John's, So. P
Kate Poppe, Villanova, So. P
Staci Bonezek, DePaul, Jr., C
Jackie Reed, St. John;s, Sr., 1B
Maria DeLuca, Seton Hall, Sr., 2B
Allie Braden, DePaul, Sr., SS
Blair Lowe, Creighton, Sr., 3B
Megan Hyson, Georgetown, P/UT
Danielle Deraney, Providence, So., DP/UT
Alexandria Anttila, Georgetown, Sr., OF
Brittany Garcia, St. John's, Fr., OF
Samantha Giovanniello, Georgetown, So., OF

*Unanimous selection.

BIG EAST Player of the Year:  Mary Connolly, DePaul
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year:  Kirsten Verdun, DePaul
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year:  Dylan Christensen, DePaul
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year:  Head Coach Eugene Lenti and DePaul