OXFORD, Ala. – For a third consecutive season, Belmont University Softball has seen players earn postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference. This year, senior outfielder Baylee Cook (Lewisburg, Tenn.) and junior right handed pitcher Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) were named All-OVC Second Team while freshman catcher Audrey Lyle (Westlake, Ohio) was named to the All-Newcomer Team, marking the first time in program history three players have garnered postseason honors.
The multi-talented trio have been instrumental in helping Belmont hit numerous firsts this season, including a return to the OVC Tournament for the programs second-ever appearance. The 2019 season marked the sixth time in program history BU has recorded at least 30 victories and it stands as the first time Belmont has recorded at least 12 wins in conference play in the Division I era.
"I am really happy for Audrey, Brooklin, and Baylee," said Head Coach Brian Levin. "They all three have been consistent performers for us and are very deserving. Congrats to all the players selected!
"It is nice to see Belmont being represented, and I am grateful to the coaches and administrators who voted for our student-athletes, as there were so many players in the conference that were deserving, as well. I can attest that it is not easy selecting an all-conference team."
Cook, who received her first career Player of the Week nod this season, earns her first career postseason nod from the OVC after leading the Bruins at the plate for the majority of conference play, batting .402 as the regular season concluded. She also wrapped the regular season leading BU in at-bats (164), hits (66), triples (4), and walks (24).
Nationally, Cook was ranked 37th in hits, 77th in batting average, 86th in triples per game and 90th in runs per game at the end of the regular season. In the OVC, the native of Lewisburg, Tenn., was ranked fourth in overall batting, tied for second in hits and triples, third in on-base percentage, fifth in runs scored and tied for fifth in walks.
Lee becomes the first Bruin to garner a postseason nod in three consecutive seasons in program history. One of the league's most dangerous pitchers, the native of Burns, Tenn., recorded her first collegiate no-no earlier this season. She was nationally ranked and remained one of the top hurlers in the Ohio Valley Conference all season. Lee, who became the first BU player to record 100+ strikeouts in three consecutive seasons, led the Bruin pitching corps in ERA (2.64), complete games (17), saves (2), and strikeouts (138).
Nationally, the right-handed pitcher has helped Belmont to the 98th best team ERA. Lee is individually ranked 74th in strikeouts per seven innings and 92nd in total strikeouts. In the OVC, Lee is ranked third in complete games, tied for third in shutouts, fourth in strikeouts, seventh in opp. batting average, and eighth in innings pitched.
Lyle shook off her case of the freshman jitters early and was a formidable opponent at the plate and behind it for the Bruins. Her fearless efforts at the plate helped Belmont earn its first OVC weekend sweep on the road, helping BU cement its place in the 2019 OVC Tournament.
Among the Bruins, Lyle was tied for second in triples (1), home runs (7), putouts (230) and sacrifice flies (2). In OVC play, the Westlake, Ohio native was tied for seventh in walks and runs batted in and tied for ninth in home runs.
Cook, Lee, Lyle and the remainder of the Bruins squad return to action on Wednesday, May 8 on the first day of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Oxford, Ala. Belmont has earned the No. 6 seed and will face off against UT Martin, who earned the No. 7 seed, in a single elimination contest.