Signore honored again by PSAC

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Sarah Signore prepares to run after a double during Millersville University softball action in Virginia this spring. She was honored Monday with her second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference laurels this season.

For a second time this season, junior Sarah Signore of the Millersville softball team has received a weekly award from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. On Monday afternoon Signore, of Greencastle, was named PSAC East Player of the Week for batting over .400 and racking up three multi-hit games in 10 contests.

Signore came on strong this past weekend with standout doubleheaders against Slippery Rock and Holy Family. In game one against The Rock she put together a 3-for-4 effort with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. The Waynesboro, Pa., native jumped all over SRU pitching in game two as well. Her 2-for-3 day at the plate and two runs scored helped lift Millersville to a 7-6 victory and a split of the doubleheader.

On Sunday against Holy Family, Signore seemed to do it all for the Black and Gold. She collected two more hits in four trips to the dish during game one for her third straight multi-hit game. She scored yet another run and also knocked in one. In addition, she found the gap in left-center field for her seventh double of the season.

Even though she was honored for her swinging of the bat this week, Signore managed to put up some pretty remarkable numbers in the circle against Holy Family. She sat down a season and career-high 13 batters via strikeout in the opener. That gave her 109 strikeouts for the season and moved her into second place on the school's all-time single-season strikeout list. She became the first Millersville pitcher to register 100 strikeouts in a season since Kristin Heberlig accomplished the feat in 2004. Stunningly, she was able to strikeout the side in the sixth inning against HFU and also struck out at least two batters in fourth other innings.

The versatile player capped off the week by crossing the plate twice more and registering an RBI in a 1-for-4 outing in the late game against Holy Family. All totaled, Signore hit .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles and five RBIs during the Marauders' busy stretch of 10 games in six days. She also was 2-for-3 in stolen bases attempts.

Earlier in the week she was able to come up with a single hit in both games against Lock Haven and in the opener at Kutztown. She's now reached base safely in nine of her last 11 games. She only had one plate appearance — as a pinch-hitter — in each of the two games in that span where she didn't reach base.

Signore earned a previous PSAC weekly award by being named East Pitcher of the Week on March 22.