Collins and Grosch Recognized by Conference

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference All Stars Announced
Release Date:
May 17, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference announced the All-Conference softball teams for the 2010 season and two Hilbert College athletes have been recognized for their outstanding and dependable play. Senior outfielder Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/Indian Valley) was named to the 2nd team All-Conference squad and freshman Amber Grosch (Depew, NY/Depew) was chosen to the Honorable Mention team at the short stop position. Thirty-three players and one coach are recognized for their abilities and sportsmanship by the conference coaches at the completion of each season. The AMCC names eleven players (one player per each position, plus an additional pitcher and designated player) to the 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention teams as well as a Player of the Year, a Pitcher of the Year, a Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year.

The 2010 Player of the Year is Brooke Tapman, a junior outfielder from Frostburg State University; Megan Magee, a sophomore from Frostburg State University was named the 2010 Pitcher of the Year; the 2010 Newcomer of the Year is Sarah Angeletti, a freshman pitcher on the 1st Team All-Conference from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and the Coach of the Year is Wes Landrum from Frostburg State University. Frostburg State University won the AMCC championship and earned the NCAA automatic bid by beating Medaille College (7-1) in the AMCC championship game. To see the complete 2010 softball award winners click here.
Collins had an outstanding final season in a Hawk uniform leading the team in multiple categories in 2010. The Pennsylvania native finished at the top of each category with 34 hits, three triples, four home runs, 28 RBI and .630 slugging; she also tied for second best on the team with six doubles with a .370 batting average. Defensively, the centerfielder held a commanding lead in put-outs on the team with 124 (.963 fielding percentage).  Collins had a career first when she hit back-to-back at bats home runs against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on April 21.  First year head coach Peter Yuhas said “Sarah is well deserving of this honor her intensity and desire to succeed helped the entire team through the tough situations all season. She is a gifted athlete who always demanded the most from herself and let that be the example of her leadership. It is appropriate that she finishes her 4 year softball career at Hilbert being recognized by her peers for her outstanding contributions to the team."
Grosch started every game for the Hawks and had a third best .353 batting average. The freshman scored the most runs on the team with 28 while connecting with the ball 30 separate times this season. Grosch also reached second base on five different occasions and was a threat to steal a base each game having advanced nine times. "Amber made an immediate impact on the team which is not the norm for a freshman”. Coach Yuhas continues, “Her tremendous athletic skills are only matched by her desire to compete at a very high level. Amber finished every game dirty and often bloodied as a result of her willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. The Hilbert softball program will continue to benefit from her outstanding skills for years to come."
Hilbert finished the season with a 7-13 conference record (11-19 overall) earning a two-way tie for eighth place finish out of eleven teams.  

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.