May 6, 2014


Joins Sykora & Gingell on All-LEC Team

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) was named the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year, while junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) and senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) were also honored by the conference for their respective performances this season.


Pokora, who was also named First Team All-Little East for a third straight season, becomes the first member of the Anchorwomen win the award since Christie Lotti was named Player of the Year in 2008. Pokora played in 40 games, starting all of them, and hit .368 (43-for-117) with five doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 14 walks, 13 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. She owned a .709 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage.



 Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


Earlier in the season, Pokora launched the 21st home run of her career, making her the all-time home run leader in the programís history. She finished the year with 11 round-trippers, which marks the most home runs ever recorded in a single-season by a Rhode Island College softball player. She led Rhode Island College in batting average, hits, RBI, total bases (83), stolen bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and runs scored. Furthermore, she ranked second in the conference in home runs and total bases, while ranking third in RBI.


Sykora was named First Team All-Little East for the first time in her career. She was one of three members of the Anchorwomen to start all 41 games on the season. For the year, RICís leadoff hitter batted .289 (35-for-121) with six doubles, two triples, nine RBI, eight walks, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored. One of the top defensive shortstops in the conference, she boasted a .920 fielding percentage to go along with a .372 slugging percentage and a .331 on-base percentage. Sykora led the Anchorwomen in triples and ranked third on the squad in hits and stolen bases.



 Junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora


Gingell was named Second Team All-Little East as a utility player. Gingell, who previously earned All-Little East as a sophomore in 2011, bounced back from a season-ending injury in 2013 to play and start in 36 games during her senior season. She hit .327 (36-for-110) with 12 doubles, one home run, 12 RBI, four walks, two stolen bases, and 18 runs scored. Gingell owned a .464 slugging percentage, a .348 on-base percentage, and a 1.000 fielding percentage. She led the Anchorwomen in doubles and ranked second on the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, total bases (51) and runs scored. Gingell also ranked fourth in the league in doubles.



 Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell


Head Coach Janice DiNobileís team finished the season with a 15-26 overall record and a 6-8 (sixth place) mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen advanced to final day of competition at the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Tournament, but fell to fifth-seeded Keene State, 4-1, in the Championship Game on May 4.