PREVIEW: KU Softball to honor four seniors Saturday vs. Millersville

4/19/2019 | Softball Live Stats

Before the Kutztown University softball team’s double header with Millersville tomorrow, Saturday, KU will honor four seniors as a part of senior day festivities at North Campus Field, with game one beginning at 1 p.m.

Erin Fortney, Tamara Jennings, Cheyenne Jones and Sara Keeny will all play in their final home games in the Maroon and Gold.

Over the past four seasons, these four student-athletes have been a part of two 30-win seasons, and have won more than 110 games in their careers. Their teams have qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament two times, and have played in the NCAA Tournament twice, winning at least one game each of those two seasons, including playing in the Atlantic Regional final in 2016.

The quartet has helped guide the Golden Bears to a 29-16 overall record and 6-6 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division. They are positioned to qualify for both the PSAC and NCAA Tournaments after missing out last season, with six more games to go in the 2019 regular season. KU is third in the PSAC East and was ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region.

Fortney is a two-year member of the Golden Bears. She has appeared in 24 games, making 17 starts inside the circle throughout her career. Fortney has won four games and struckout 53 batters in 75.2 innings. In the batter’s box, she has two hits in nine at-bats, including a double and an RBI, and also scored four runs.

In the classroom, Fortney is a three-time Dean’s List Honoree, a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and a PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Fortney will graduate in December with a degree in biology/allied health.

Jennings is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 167 games, starting in 158 during her four-year career. She has a career batting average of .336, including a career-high .422 this season, 8th in the PSAC. Jennings has totaled 164 hits in 488 at-bats, and has added 101 runs scored, 82 RBI and 35 doubles. She set a new program-record with eight sacrifice flies this season. She also has a .983 fielding percentage as the right fielder.

In the classroom, Jennings is a seven-time Dean’s List Honoree, three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete, and a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in information technology.

Jones is a four-year member of the Golden Bears. She has played in 116 career games, starting in 110 throughout her four years. Jones is batting a career-high .381 this season and holds a .328 career average. At the plate she has totaled 117 hits, including a career-high 53 this season. Her 53 hits and 39 RBI rank fifth in the PSAC. She has tallied 21 doubles, seven triples and 14 HR, and has added 79 RBI and 49 runs in her career.

Last year Jones was named to the Eastern Division All-PSAC First Team. She will graduate this summer with a degree in communication studies.

Keeny is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 179 career games so far, starting in every one. She is batting .520 with 79 hits and 53 runs this season, both rank first in the PSAC, and also has a career-high 21 RBI. Keeny ranks second in PSAC and KU history in stolen bases (126), third at KU in hits (268) and triples (13) and fifth in runs scored (163).

She is a three-time All-Atlantic Region Second Teamer, a three-time All-PSAC East First Teamer and PSAC East Freshman of the Year and KU Female Freshman of the Year.

In the classroom, Keeny has been a 3x PSAC Scholar-Athlete and a Chambliss copper award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.

These four have had excellent careers both on the field and inside the classroom and we wish them success in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.

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