Savannah State’s Jose Gonzalez was named Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Coach of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday, May 9. Last Sunday, the Savannah State softball team captured the MEAC Southern Division Title with their 24th win of the 2012 season, the most wins in school history and their 12th conference win.
In his fifth year at the helm, Gonzalez holds the best coaching record for Savannah State softball since the program’s inception, at 76-132. In the 2008 season he inherited a team that had nine Division I wins in the previous five seasons.
In the 2009 season Gonzalez set a Savannah State record with 15 wins and broke that record the next season with 18. Now at 24-22 (12-3), Savannah State softball, regardless of postseason results, will have the first .500 season in school history.
Hallman, a freshman out of Kennesaw, Georgia, started in all 45 games for the Lady Tigers at third base. She leads the team in batting average (.377), slugging percentage (.558), hits (52), home runs (6), RBI (31) and runs scored (32). She was third in the MEAC with 77 total bases and fourth in RBI. She also tallied 80 assists at third base and 70 putouts.
Delaware State’s Jordan Reid was named Player of the Year after leading her team to the MEAC North Division title. Coppin State’s Paige Arnold was named Pitcher of the Year after recording a 15-13 record with a 2.28 ERA.
Joining Hallman, Arnold and Reid in the first team All-Conference is Savannah State pitcher Madison Hedderly, catcher Chelsea Parrish and utility Jamie Paolini. Savannah State’s India Morgan was named second base All- Conference second team.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.
The university’s 4,500 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the School of Teacher Education and three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.