"Six years ago when they hired me for the job at Fairmont State, I told that first team. I said 'I got goals, girls. I want to win a West Virginia Conference Championship and go to the regional's. We're probably going to make our second trip, we won the regular season but we didn't win the tournament,'" Fairmont State Head Softball Coach Rick Wade said.
Not many people picked Fairmont State to win the WVIAC this year. After all, they were picked behind three other teams in the preseason polls. But wouldn't you know it, the Lady Falcons did not listen to the critics, on their way to 37 victories in 2013. However they fell to West Virginia State in the Conference Championship on Saturday. Head Coach Rick Wade could not explain how proud he was of his team.
"I can't be any more pleased with what we did this year. I mean, I'm really proud of them," Wade said.
Although FSU did not earn an NCAA Tournament berth, the team was well represented when the Falcons swept the yearly honors in the WVIAC.
"Chelsea Cobb, oh my goodness," Wade said. "We had no pitcher at Fairmont State that had won 20 games in a season. Well, she did it three times. Courtney Iacobacci, boy she does not play like a freshman. My goodness, what Holly Frampton did this year. She set a new home run record for Fairmont State, carried us part of the season when the other girls weren't hitting well. I can't say enough about that senior group and the younger kids too."
Fairmont State's Holly Frampton, Chelsea Cobb, Courtney Iacobacci and head coach Rick Wade have been tabbed by league coaches for the top 2013 WVIAC individual softball awards.
Frampton's powerful bat led the Falcons to the WVIAC regular-season championship and a spot in the WVIAC Tournament championship game. She garnered a .411 batting average on the year, ranking third in the conference. Her 16 homers rank seventh in Division II and top the conference. Frampton notched an .879 slugging percentage, which is 12th-best nationally. Her award marks the second time that a Falcon picked up Player of the Year honors in the WVIAC, with the first coming in 2005.
Cobb led the WVIAC in ERA with a 1.72 and tops the conference with 23 wins. Her 23 victories are tied for 17th nationally. Cobb registered 185 strikeouts on the season, putting her 35th in Division II. She gave up just 33 walks on the year (1.12 per seven innings), which is 26th nationally. In 2010, Cobb was selected as the WVIAC Freshman of the Year.
Iacobacci led FSU with a .420 batting average on the season, which was second best in the WVIAC. She guided the Falcons with 68 hits. Iacobacci tallied a .466 on-base percentage and generated 0.90 runs per game. She led the team with three triples. Iacobacci also had 45 putouts and three assists on the season without an error.
Wade picked up his first Coach of the Year award while guiding the Falcons to the WVIAC regular-season title. He led FSU to a 21-5 overall mark and a 174.62 power rating. His squad completed the season with a 37-12 ledger. Wade helped the Falcons to their first-ever WVIAC regular-season championship. It is the first Coach of the Year award for FSU in the WVIAC.
Best, Cobb, Cummings and Vazquez are repeat first-team all-conference honorees from a season ago.
The 15-person first-team all-conference squad includes: Mattie Best (West Virginia State), Chelsea Cobb (Fairmont State), Paige Cummings (West Virginia Wesleyan, Holly Frampton (Fairmont State), Becca Gleason (Concord), Desiree Giffin (West Virginia State), Courtney Iacobacci (Fairmont State), Alanna Jones (Davis & Elkins), Kristy Kellogg (Alderson-Broaddus), Kelsey Lorraine (Alderson-Broaddus), Morgan Scarpellini (Glenville State), Tyler Schaefer (Shepherd), Sabrina Schouten (West Virginia State), Maggie Starr (West Liberty) and Janeen Vazquez (Charleston),
The complete 2013 all-WVIAC softball team is as follows:
Player of the Year: Holly Frampton (Fairmont State)
Pitcher of the Year: Chelsea Cobb (Fairmont State)
Freshman of the Year: Courtney Iacobacci (Fairmont State)
Coach of the Year: Rick Wade (Fairmont State)
Mattie Best (Jr., OF, Hemet, Calif., West Virginia State)
Chelsea Cobb (Sr., P, Dunbar, W. Va., Fairmont State)
Paige Cummings (Sr., SS, Acton, Calif., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Holly Frampton (Sr., OF, Corning, N.Y., Fairmont State)
Becca Gleason (Sr., SS, LaPlata, Md., Concord)
Desiree Giffin (Sr., 3B, Hagerstown, Md., West Virginia State)
Courtney Iacobacci (Fr., OF, Stow, Ohio, Fairmont State)
Alanna Jones (Jr., P, Oakdale, Calif., Davis & Elkins)
Kristy Kellogg (Sr., OF, Phoenix, Ariz., Alderson-Broaddus)
Kelsey Lorraine (Sr., P, Demorest, Ga., West Virginia State)
Morgan Scarpellini (Jr., SS, Hamlin, W. Va., Glenville State)
Tyler Schaefer (So., OF, Dunkirk, Md., Shepherd)
Sabrina Schouten (So., OF, Hemet, Calif., West Virginia State)
Maggie Starr (Jr., 3B, Cambridge, Ohio, West Liberty)
Janeen Vazquez (Sr., 1B/OF, Cincinnati, Ohio, Charleston)
Vanessa Bodily (Sr., P/3B, Ogden, Utah, Alderson-Broaddus)
Kaitlyn Carey (Sr., P/1B, Orlando, Fla., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Adrienne Daniels (Jr., OF, Clarksburg, W. Va., Alderson-Broaddus)
Hannah Griffith (So., 2B, Madison, W. Va., West Virginia State)
Kayleigh Huck (Jr., 3B/C, Delaware, Ohio, Glenville State)
Jarah Ice (Jr., C, Anderson, Ind., Wheeling Jesuit)
Kendal LeFrancois (Fr, INF, Bolton, Mass., Charleston)
Alyssa Morris (Fr., C, Virginia Beach, Va., Concord)
Ali Neace (Jr., P, Logan, W. Va., Alderson-Broaddus)
Nikki Nuzum (Jr., P, Fairmont, W. Va., Fairmont State)
Savannah Snyder (So., 1B, Elkton, Md., Shepherd)
Sarah Parsons (So., INF, Stow, Ohio, Fairmont State)
Jacqui Omichinski (Jr., P/1B, Abbotsford, B.C., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Sara Pelegreen (Sr., P, Hopedale, Ohio, West Virginia State)
Kayla Whoolery (Fr., SS, Leesburg, Va., Davis & Elkins)
Morgan Aguirre (Fr., P, Logan, W. Va., Charleston)
Alexandria Alicea (So., C, Hanover, Mass., Seton Hill)
Kourtney Allender (Jr., INF, Lapel, Ind., Ohio Valley)
Bianca Biondillo (Sr., OF, Canfield, Ohio, Shepherd)
Kalyn Butt (So., 1B, Oxford, Pa., Charleston)
Jacqueline Carlin (So., C, Whittier, Calif., Charleston)
Corrine Carrington (Jr., OF, Vacaville, Calif., Davis & Elkins)
Brittany Cook (Jr., C/3B, Oceana, W. Va., Bluefield State)
Regan Drake (Jr., 1B, Oregon City, Ore. (Alderson-Broaddus)
Courtney Fain (So., P, Urbana, Ohio, Charleston)
Alex Furr (Jr., 2B, Hurricane, W. Va., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Carleigh Hall (Jr., OF, Riverton, Kan., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Stephanie Harper (Sr., 1B, Carson City, Nev., Concord)
Christine Henderson (So., P/OF, Ligonier, Pa., Seton Hill)
Felicia Hulslander (Sr., 2B/1B, East Aurora, N.Y., West Liberty)
Meagan Lesser (Sr., 1B, Mineral, Va., Glenville State)
Megan Malenstyn (So., C, Surrey, B.C., West Virginia Wesleyan)
Ashley Nichols (Sr., P, Belle Vernon, Pa., Wheeling Jesuit)
Katelyn Norton (Fr., 3B, Virginia Beach, Va., Davis & Elkins)
Elora Oprins (Sr., C/3B, Sycamore, Ill., Ohio Valley)
Donna O'Bryant (Jr., OF, Muncie, Ind., Ohio Valley)
Brandi Piccolino (Sr., 3B, Pittsburgh, Pa., Seton Hill)
Shanan Plunkett (So., OF, Hagerstown, Md., Shepherd)
Angie Reddick (So., OF, Butler, Pa., Wheeling Jesuit)
Carly Schmidt (Jr., C, Leesburg, Va., Shepherd)
Jessica Seymour (So., CF, Stephens City, Va., Concord)
Brittany Shepley (Sr., OF, Chatham, Ontario, Ohio Valley)
Brittany Spencer (Jr., 2B, Smithville, W. Va., Glenville State)
Aleecia Sunagel (Sr., 1B, Amherest, Ohio, Wheeling Jesuit)
Taylor Swatsworth (So., SS, Nanty Glo, Pa., Seton Hill)
Maddison Wallace (Fr., P, Windsor, Ontario, Ohio Valley)
Samantha Weaver (Fr., P/DP, Wadsworth, Ohio, Glenville State)