Acacia Tupa Named to Horizon League All-Freshman, Second Team
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – As the Green Bay softball team embarked on a 208-mile postseason bus trip to Chicago, Ill., freshman outfielder Acacia Tupa (Egg Harbor, Wis.) was named to the Horizon League Second Team as well as the All-Freshman Team, the league announced on Tuesday afternoon.
“Acacia is a uniquely talented young woman,” said head coach Beth Spoehr. “We are proud of the hard work she has put in on the field and the growth she has shown as a leader this season. She has a very bright future at Green Bay. This selection is very well deserved.”
The reigning Packerland Conference Player of the Year out of high school, Tupa made a smooth transition to the Division I level in her first season, finishing with a .311 batting average (46-for-148) with 27 RBIs, accruing a team-best 11 doubles in 50 games played – all without committing an error as the Phoenix’s right fielder. She recorded a total of 12 multi-hits games, including a season-best three hits on three different occasions (last, Game 1, April 16 at Detroit).
In 22 league games, the Egg Harbor native was even better at the plate, hitting .342 (26-for-76) to go along with four home runs and 16 RBI. Additionally, her 44 total bases, 10 extra-base hits and .579 slugging percentage in Horizon League play were all tops of the team.
Defensively, she joined Detroit senior outfielder Katy Severson as the only two conference position players with a perfect fielding percentage (min. 30 PO).
With her selections, Tupa becomes the first Phoenix player named to the All-Newcomer Team since Katelyn Huemmer, Heather Sanderson and Allie Taylor in 2014, and the first Green Bay freshman to make Second Team All-League since Katie Cooney in 2007.
For the complete list of Horizon League postseason awards, click here.
2016 Horizon League Softball Tournament Preview
The fourth-seeded Phoenix (19-30, 10-9 HL) will open tournament play beginning tomorrow afternoon at noon against the fifth seed Cleveland State (18-28, 11-10 HL) at top-seed UIC's Flames Field (901 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608).
Green Bay won two of the three regular-season meetings over the Vikings, including a doubleheader sweep when the programs met last Saturday at Viking Field. Fans can view the action on ESPN3 by clicking here, or follow along all week through the Tournament Central page here.
The tournament seedings are as follows:
No. 1 - UIC Flames (32-16, 18-5 HL)
Top Player: LaRi Mitchell, Sr. (.384 BA, 72 total bases, 27 SB)
Top Pitcher: Elaine Heflin, Jr. (18-8, 1.55 ERA)
Record Head-to-Head: 2-1 (Won, 9-8, Lost 4-10, Won 3-0)
No. 2 - Wright State Raiders (35-21, 18-6 HL)
Top Player: Becka Peterson, RJr. (.302 BA, 11 HR, 45 RBI)
Top Pitcher: Ashley Sharp, So. (19-6, 1.63 ERA)
Record Head-to-Head: 0-3 (Lost 0-7, Lost 6-14 (F/6), Lost 3-5)
No. 3 - Youngstown State Penguins (29-19, 15-7 HL)
Top Player: Miranda Castiglione, Sr. (.439 BA, 11 HR, .820 SLG%)
Top Pitcher: Paige Geanangel, Fr. (16-10, 4.26 ERA)
Record Head-to-Head: 1-2 (Lost 4-10, Won, 10-9, Lost, 8-17)
No. 4 - Green Bay Phoenix (21-31, 12-10 HL)
No. 5 - Cleveland State Vikings (19-30, 12-12 HL)
Top Player: Erica McNew, Sr. (.492 BA, 14 HR, 48 RBI)
Top Pitcher: Susan Knight, Sr. (7-13, 3.55 ERA)
Record Head-to-Head: 2-1 (Lost, 2-9, Won, 3-1, Won 6-3)
No. 6 - Valparaiso Crusaders (14-32, 8-14 HL)
Top Player: Carly Trepanier, Fr. (.342 BA, 51 total bases)
Top Pitcher: Taylor Weissenhofer, Sr. (7-12, 4.63 ERA)
Record Head-to-Head: 1-1 (Lost 1-11 (F/5), Won, 12-4 (F/5)
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