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June 18, 2013

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Best in the WAC

Former CR athlete Anna Cross named Freshman of the year

RUSTON, LA. — Louisiana Tech pitcher/shortstop and Cross Roads resident Anna Cross was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year this past season.

The voting was done off the stats generated by players in WAC-only games.

Cross became the first Lady Techster to ever garner Freshman of the Year honors in the WAC following a rookie season that saw her succeed at both the plate and in the circle for LA Tech. The Cross Roads native batted .367 with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI in WAC-only games while scoring 13 runs and registering four steals.

In the circle, Cross recorded a 4-5 record with a 3.54 earned run average, including handing New Mexico State its only home loss in league play.

She also recorded only one error in 62 attempts in the field for a .984 fielding percentage.

Cross ranked ninth in batting average, third in slugging percentage, seventh in doubles, fifth in home runs, eighth in stolen bases, and sixth in wins in league play.

In the opening round of  the WAC tournament against the University of Texas at Arlington, Cross pitched a shutout through the first four innings.

Cross scored the lone run of that game as she slid into home head first on a wild pitch for the 1-0 lead.

Cross was credited with a no decision in that game but did finish the season with a record of 6-8 overall and a 3.06 earned run average.

For the season, Cross batted .323 with nine doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI.

During her career at Cross Roads, Cross was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year her senior year.

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