Pitman, N.J. (6/5/17) – Senior softball player Emily Sabo was selected the New Jersey Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year for 2016-2017 as announced at the annual NJAC Awards Brunch.
Sabo becomes the fifth player in school history to earn the conference's top honor, joining baseball All-American and MLB draftee Kevin Herget (2012-13), men's basketball consensus first-team All-American Jonathan Jones (2010-11), women's basketball all-time leading scorer Melissa Beyruti (2009-10) and men's soccer standout Fred Guiran (1991-92).
She was selected following a vote of the league's 20-member Board of Athletic Administrators. A four-time NJAC first team all-conference selection, she was named a first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American in 2017 after leading the Cougars to the NJAC championship, the NCAA Tournament Union Regional title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Virginia Beach Super Regional. The 2017 NJAC Softball Player of the Year and a 2017 NFCA Top 10 National Player of the Year Finalist, she earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the NCAA Union Regional en route to being named Kean's D'Angola Female Athlete of the Year. The 2017 NJAC conference leader in batting average and on-base percentage, Sabo finished as Kean's career leader in batting average (.456), hits (254), triples (15), runs scored (147), walks (74) and stolen bases (77). In addition, she holds the single season records in hits (67-twice) and triples (6) and single game records in walks (4) and stolen bases (4).