Komar Named Rookie of the Year; Program Record Tying Six Spartans Named All-UAA

Rachel Komar becomes the first UAA Rookie of the Year in program history. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Rachel Komar becomes the first UAA Rookie of the Year in program history. (photo by Ryan Baker)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Freshman third baseman Rachel Komar (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) has been named the first University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year in program history, and the Case Western Reserve University softball team has tied a program high with six selections to the 2013 All-Association Team announced by the league office on Friday.

Komar was one of four Spartans named to an All-Association First Team that included junior catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor), sophomore second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) and sophomore pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe).

Second-team honors went to sophomore rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) and freshman first baseman Erin Dreger (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance).

The program placed six on the All-UAA Team four others times in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Also named UAA Hitter of the Week on April 16, Komar leads the team and ranks fourth in the league with a .421 batting average. The first-year Spartan is hitting .519 (28-for-54) during a current 14-game hit streak and has three homeruns, 14 runs batted-in, six doubles, two triples and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts. Komar's 45 base hits are also just nine shy of tying Roberts' single-season program record set last spring.

Amy Taylor is in the midst of a career year with a .386 average, one homer and 26 RBI. Behind the plate, the third-year backstop has thrown out 18 runners attempting to steal and recorded a number of key pickoff plays over the past several weeks.

O'Brien, a two-time UAA Championship All-Tournament Team pick, is third on the squad with a .375 batting average. Recently, O'Brien became the program's career steals leader and has been successful on 20-of-24 attempts this spring. Overall, the team's leadoff hitter has two homers, 20 RBI and team highs of 10 walks, three triples and 33 runs scored.

Rebecca Taylor, a repeat selection, is 15-10 on the mound with 15 complete games and a 3.58 earned run average. The right-hander leads the UAA with 142 strikeouts and ranks second with 137 innings pitched. The reigning UAA Pitcher of the Week, Rebecca Taylor already ranks second in school history in strikeouts (321), tied for third in shutouts (6), fourth in wins (35) and fifth in complete games (40).

Roberts, also a repeat selection, is batting .317 with team highs of five homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBI. In less than two seasons, Roberts ranks third in school history with 12 career homeruns and ninth with 64 RBI. Her career .373 average is also third.

Dreger is fourth on the team with a .369 batting average with two homers, four doubles, 20 RBI and eight walks.

The Spartans (20-13) have won seven in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. After having each of its last two scheduled doubleheaders cancelled, the team is ready to return to action on Saturday, April 27 at Wittenberg University for a 1:00 p.m. twinbill in Springfield, Ohio.