Melbourne, Fla. - Lynn University's softball program locked down three All-Sunshine State Conference selections, as announced by the league office on Monday. Francais Olexa and Kayla Sheffield garnered first team recognition while Elizabeth Diaz took home second team honors.
The Fighting Knights' two first team selections are the most since 2014. In addition, Lynn has recorded at least three All-SSC honorees in consecutive years for the first time since 2004-05.
This is the first All-SSC honor for Olexa, who was selected as a utility-pitcher. She led the league, and set a program record, with a .505 on-base percentage, while also ranking second in walks (31) and third in hit by pitch (15) all while leading the Blue & White with a .343 batting average.
Not confined to the batter's box, the Delta, British Colombia, native also led the team with a 2.35 earned-run average and 80 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched while posting an 8-10 record
Sheffield garners All-SSC accolades for the second consecutive year, but her first as a first teamer with her designated player selection. The Auburndale, Fla., product was third in the league in slugging percentage (.579) and tied for third in home runs (8) and doubles (14). Sheffield was named to the second team in 2017 as a pitcher.
Diaz had a renaissance of a season in collecting second team first base recognition. The junior out of Wesley Chapel, Fla., hit .311 as part of setting career-highs in every offensive category and finished third in the league with 32 runs batted in and fifth with seven home runs. Her three home runs against Rollins tied a program-record.
Shannon Bell of Florida Southern and Palm Beach Atlantic's Magnolia West shared SSC Player of the Year Honors while Makaleigh Dooley of Tampa was honored as the Pitcher of the Year, Embry-Riddle's Kaitlyn Thompson was named the Freshman of the Year and PBA's first-year head coach Bailey Castro was named the Coach of the Year.
Lynn closed out the season 25-25 overall and 13-17 in conference play. The Fighting Knights finished .500 or better in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003-04. For more information, check out LynnFightingKnights.com.