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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Quinnipiac softball junior infielder Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, as announced on Wednesday evening by the league office. The All-Conference First and Second Team were selected by a vote of the league's coaches.
Barba's All-Conference accolade is the second straight such honor for the Bobcats' junior infielder. A year removed from being named to the Northeast Conference Second Team, Barba is the lone recipient of an All-MAAC accolade as she put together a career season in her third year with the program. Barba either set or tied single-season career highs in nearly every offensive category including batting average (.336), home runs (6), RBI (23), slugging percentage (.544), walks (20), sacrifice hits (7) and a career-low in strikeouts (7). Her plate discipline improved dramatically while she owned a spot amongst the top four in the Bobcats' lineup through all 45 games played.
Her .336 batting average was good enough for the 14th-best in the MAAC while she also performed brilliantly in the field while having to adjust to her new position at shortstop in 2014. She led the team with 90 assists and also helped the Bobcats turn two double plays in the field throughout the season.
The junior infielder will return for her senior year in 2015 but she already owns a spot amongst some of the best players in the history of the Quinnipiac softball program. Three years into her career, Barba is tied for 10th all-time at Quinnipiac with 12 home runs, tied for 15th with 128 career hits and 6th place with 27 career doubles. Already with two All-Conference honors, another All-MAAC honor next season for Barba would make her just the third position player in Quinnipiac softball history to receive three All-Conference awards.
The MAAC also released the MAAC All-Academic Team which saw six Bobcats on the list: junior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.), sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.), sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.), junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.), sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) and sophomore Katie Strong (South Windsor, Conn.). To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
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