PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers senior catcher/outfielder Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA) has been named to the All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team, the conference office has announced.
Childress led Rutgers this season with a .350 batting average, 12 home runs, 29 runs-batted-in, 26 runs scored and a .657 slugging percentage. She ranked third in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in home runs, sixth in batting average and 10th in on-base percentage (.407) in the BIG EAST. Childress, a two-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights after transferring from Florida Community College, owns the RU single-season (12, 2004) and career (20) home run records.
This marks Childress’ second consecutive BIG EAST honor. Last year, she was a first-team selection.
Rutgers finished the 2004 season with a 25-29-1 overall record and an 8-12 mark in the BIG EAST.
2004 BIG EAST Softball Awards
Player of the Year: Megan Ciolli, Notre Dame
Pitcher of the Year: Steffany Stenglein, Notre Dame
Rookie of the Year: Christina Tucker, St. John’s
Coaching Staff of the Year: Notre Dame
All-BIG EAST First Team
Steffany Stenglein, Notre Dame; Heather Booth, Notre Dame; Mallorie Lenn, Notre Dame; Ricci Lugo, Villanova; Liz Hartmann, Notre Dame Laura Taylor, Seton Hall; Stephanie Brown, Notre Dame; Megan Ciolli, Notre Dame; Nicole deFau, Notre Dame; McKenzie Richards, Seton Hall; Christina Tucker, St. John’s; Rachel Bartholomew, Providence.
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Courtney Fitzgerald, St. John’s; Megan Meyer, Seton Hall; Megan Evans, Virginia Tech; Alexis Switenko, Syracuse; Katie Pierce, Seton Hall; Allina Sainz, St. John's; Mandy Schettini, Connecticut; Tanya Rose, Syracuse; Robin Flier, Villanova; Stephanie DiBiase, Connecticut; Cori Van Dusen, Providence; Caitlin Murphy, Virginia Tech.
All-BIG EAST Third Team
Maggie Arbogast, Connecticut; Nikki Childress, Rutgers; Sheri Donley, Villanova; Tekae Malandris, Boston College; Cassie Morales, Syracuse; Courtney Mosch, Syracuse; Sarah Prosise, Virginia Tech; Jillian Sandoval, St. John’s; Mary Carroll Smith, Seton Hall; Britney Thompson, Boston College; Shannon Williams, Villanova.