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Second Team Nods

Second Team Nods

OXFORD, Ala. -- For a second consecutive season and only the third time in program history, a pair Belmont Softball players have earned postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.  Senior utility/designated player Lexi Rouse (Macon, Ga.) and sophomore right handed pitcher Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) were both named to the All-OVC Second Team in a ceremony on Tuesday night before the start of the 2018 OVC Tournament.

The duo was instrumental in helping Belmont post back-to-back seasons of 20-plus victories for the first time since the 1996 and 1997 campaigns.

Rouse saw time for the Bruins as a utility/designated player, with a strong contribution inside the circle throughout the season.  She led the Bruins at the plate, batting .328 with 16 runs, 42 hits, 10 doubles, one triple and nine home runs after playing in 50 games.  Most impressively during her senior campaign, she became the lone player in NCAA Division I history to record five homeruns in five consecutive at-bats.

This marks the second consecutive season the Macon, Ga., native has garnered the honor.  She is nationally ranked 77th in on-base percentage, 88th in walks, and 145th slugging percentage.  In the Ohio Valley Conference, Rouse finished the regular season ranked third in on base percentage and fifth in slugging percentage.

"Lexi has been a consistent performer for us both offensively and in the circle," said Head Coach Brian Levin.  "She is really dangerous when she steps in the box and gets a lot of respect from opponents as was evident by hitting five home runs in consecutive at bats earlier in the year.

"She was the ultimate leader for us on and off the field and I am really proud of how she finished her career.  We will miss Lexi, and she has earned the right to be named All-Conference."

Lee continued to blaze a strong trail inside the circle in her young career.  A year after making an appearance on the league's All-Newcomer list, the Burns, Tenn., native earned Second Team All-OVC honors.  She led BU's pitching corps in innings tossed with a total of 181.2, strikeouts with a total of 215, 14 wins, nine shutouts and one save.

Nationally, Lee is ranked 11th in shutouts, 21st in strikeouts, and 65th in ERA.  In the OVC, she continued to shine standing first in shutouts, second in strikeouts, innings pitched and opposing batting average, and third in ERA.  Her blistering 2018 strikeout tally moved her into second at BU in career strikeouts and third in all-time single season strikeouts.

"Brooklin has been our workhorse all year.  She has been as good as any pitcher I have seen and suffered from a lack of run production," Levin said.  "She always kept us in games and we can always count on her getting the job done.

"Brooklin is a fierce competitor that can completely dominate a game inside the circle.  She is very deserving of being named to the All-Conference team."

The addition of Rouse and Lee brings the total number of Bruins ever honored by the Ohio Valley Conference to nine after their back-to-back award winning seasons with the pair joining the standouts  Kat Hollingsworth (2013, 2014, 2015), Mia Vierra (2013), and Hayley Baker (2016).

Rouse, Lee and the rest of the Bruins concluded the 2018 campaign with a 25-25 overall record and a 6-16 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.