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Howell, Savoie Win LSUA MVP Awards

Released: 05/03/2010

James Howell, a senior from Baton Rouge, and Amanda Savoie, a senior from Laplace, have earned team MVP awards for the LSU Alexandria Generals baseball and softball squads for the 2010 season.

Howell, a catcher and designated hitter, started every game and batted .396 with seven home runs and 40 RBI. He garnered a team-high 65 hits, 21 of which were for extra bases, and struck out only seven times. “He left a very positive mark on our young program, and he will be very difficult to replace,” said coach Dan Purvis. “His consistency was remarkable.”

Savoie, a shortstop/center fielder who transferred from LSU-Eunice, hit .316 with four home runs and 20 RBI. “Amanda was a terrific leadoff hitter, and she’s been a great leader on and off the field,” said first-year coach McKewn Dannelly.

Other baseball award winners were Tid Hilger, best offensive player; James Morgan, best defensive player; Aryo Fleming, best pitcher; and Kenny Wilmer, coaches award.

Hilger, a sophomore third baseman from Lena, hit .353 with three home runs and 32 RBI. He also stole nine bases and fanned only eight times. Morgan, a sophomore from Franklinton, divided time between center field and second base, and committed just seven errors in 50 games. Fleming, a junior from Baton Rouge, fashioned a 3.36 ERA in 10 starts. He struck out 71 in 62 innings and held opponents to a .230 batting average. Wilmore, a junior from Boyce, “exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship and character, and has been an asset in the bullpen for three seasons,” said Purvis.

Other softball award winners were Jessica Pocorello, best offensive player; Amy Leonard, best defensive player; Megan Rowe, best pitcher; and Jessica McDonald, coaches award.

Pocorello, a sophomore third baseman from Greenwell Springs, hit .369 with three homers and a team-leading 31 RBI. Leonard, a senior first baseman from Marrero, committed only seven errors in 252 chances. Rowe, a senior from Jonesboro, tossed two shutouts and compiled a 3.87 ERA in what Dannelly called “a rock solid season in the circle as a starter and reliever.” McDonald, a freshman from Magnolia, Tex., “demonstrated an impressive work ethic every day and did everything the coaches asked with her best effort,” said Dannelly.