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Vallone, Jump Among Four Bison Named All-PAC
May 17 -GREENVILLE, Pa. – Senior Maria Vallone (Rochester, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) and Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) capped off their outstanding careers with the Bethany College softball team when they were recently named First Team All-PAC by the coaches of the conference.
In addition to Vallone and Jump, two other Bison were honored with all-league recognition. Freshman outfielder Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) was honored with Second Team All-PAC distinction and sophomore shortstop Jess Kusnierz (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) was selected for Honorable Mention status.
For Vallone, this marks the fourth time she was selected First Team All-PAC. The right fielder batted .342 for the season with a team-leading 11 doubles, three home runs and was second with 23 RBI. She also drew 20 walks, which helped her post a .450 on-base percentage, and scored 28 runs. Vallone was tabbed the PAC Hitter of the Week once during the year, the fifth time she earned the PAC weekly award in her career.
Not only did Vallone (right) complete her career as a four-time First Team All-PAC selection, she also leaves Bethany with her name ensconced throughout the BC record books. Her .425 career batting average is the best all-time in program history, as are her 222 career hits. Vallone also stroked 51 career doubles and drew 70 walks to rank first in both categories in Bison history and she owns the single-season records for hits with 65, set in 2011, and on-base percentage of .540, established in 2012.
A physical education major, Maria is the daughter of Robert and Lesley Vallone.
Jump also picked up her fourth career all-conference award and this marks her third time with First Team laurels. She led the Green and White at the plate this year with a .376 batting average, as well as 44 hits, three home runs and a career-high 26 RBI. Jump was also the team’s top pitcher this season, finishing with a 10-7 record with 11 complete games and a 3.19 ERA. Like Vallone, she was regularly recognized by the PAC throughout the season, as she earned her fourth career PAC Pitcher of the Week award during this past campaign.
Jump’s outstanding four-year career also placed her high in the Bethany record books for pitching. Her 52-33 record put her in a tie for third place all-time at the school for wins, while she also ranked third in career shutouts (13), fourth in career strikeouts (259) and fifth in complete games (54). An outstanding hitter throughout her career, Jump (right) finished her time at BC with a .330 average, as well as 30 doubles, four home runs and 63 RBI.
A physical education major, Emily is the daughter of Gary& Cindy Ingram and Jonathan & Karen Jump.
In her first season as a Bison, Kelly bounced back from a slow start to become one of the team’s most consistent hitters. Her final batting average was .371, but she hit at a .452 clip against PAC foes this spring. Always active when she reached base, Kelly stole a team-high six bases and scored 31 runs. She ranked second on the team with 11 multi-hit games, including four contests with three hits. That included the Saint Vincent doubleheader when Kelly went 6-for-8 in the two games.
A physical education major, Kayla is the daughter of Lisa and Robert Kelly.
Kusnierz was in her second year as the Bison’s starting shortstop and earned Honorable Mention accolades after a big year at the top of the Bison line-up. While hitting .287 with a pair of homers and nine RBI, she was also hit by a pitch 14 times and drew eight walks, as she led the team with 33 runs scored. Kusnierz had the Bison’s longest hitting streak of the season at 10 games and also reached base in 28 consecutive games during the year.
A sports management major, Jess is the daughter of David& Lynda Kusnierz.