NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The postseason honors continued for Belmont senior Ashley Byers as she was named a First Team All-Conference selection by the Atlantic Sun Conference on Tuesday. It is the first time Byers has been named to a postseason all-conference team and the first time for a Belmont player to make the A-Sun All-Conference team since Devon Schmidt was named to the All-Freshman team in 2010. She is just the second player in school history to make the A-Sun first team.
The senior from Westerville, Ohio, was the Bruins' primary offensive threat this season, hitting nine home runs and leading the team with a .345 batting average. Byers also recorded a team high 41 hits and 27 RBIs, as well as team highs in slugging percentage (.605) and on base percentage (.473). In the A-Sun this season, she ranks seventh in slugging percentage, third in on base percentage, sixth in home runs and fourth in walks. She is Belmont's all-time career leader in home runs with 28, and holds first (10), second (9) and third place (9) on the single season home runs lists.
Byers, who graduated last Saturday, was an exercise science major at Belmont with a minor in nutrition. She has been an Academic All-Conference selection and has received A-Sun Player of the Week and Belmont Student-Athlete of the Month honors during her career, but this is her first all-conference selection by the A-Sun coaches.
She joins Erin Mullen as the only Belmont players to earn first team honors. Not including the All-Freshman team, only five other players have earned A-Sun postseason honors. The Bruins have also placed six players on the All-Freshman team. The postseason honor is the second for Byers in as many days as she was named a Second Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection by the website www.collegesportsmadness.com on Monday.