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Bengals Earn Eight Softball All-Conference Honors

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POCATELLO, Idaho – Big Sky Conference officials released the 2022 Softball all-conference awards. The Bengals were awarded seven all-conference honors and one individual award.

"We are so excited for all of our award winners this season," said Head Coach Andrew Rich. "It is a true testament to the work that our student athletes have put in this year that they are being honored the way they are.
Having two first teamers and the freshman of the year is huge for us. Frankie, Rheanne and Haley have all had outstanding years and I know all three of them are ready to go compete for a championship starting tomorrow"

POCATELLO, Idaho – Big Sky Conference officials released the 2022 Softball all-conference awards. The Bengals were awarded seven all-conference honors and one individual award.

Rheanne Lewis – First Team All-Conference

Lewis wraps up an impressive final season in the Orange and Black. The Bengal senior finished the regular season batting .351 starting in all 49 contests for the Bengals.

Lewis leads the conference in hits for the season with 65 hits on 185 at bats, 2nd all-time in ISU history for single-season at bats. Her 65 hits tie her for 8th all-time in the ISU record book for single season hits.

Lewis ranks top-two in Runs scored, Hits, Doubles, Triples, At Bats and steals.

On the base paths, Lewis has been a terror for opposing defenses stealing 23 bases on 24 attempts. A 95.8 percent success rate stealing bases. Her 23 steals lead the Big Sky conference and ties her for fourth all-time in the ISU single-season record book.

Frankie Tago – First Team All-Conference

Frankie Tago wraps up her Bengal career with a first-team nod. The Bengal infielder leads the team in batting average this season with a .356 average.

Tago has started in all 49 games the Bengals have played this season and at first base has recorded 324 putouts with a 99 percent fielding percentage. Her 324 putouts earn her 4th best all-time for a single season in the ISU record book.

Tago ranks third in the conference in RBIs with 40 on the season. Tago drew the 4th most walks in the conference this season with 23 which ties her for 9th all-time in the ISU record book.

Haley Rainey – 2nd Team All-Conference | Big Sky Freshman of the Year

Haley Rainey came onto the scene this season and immediately made an impact for the Bengals in the pitching circle.

Rainey ends the regular season with a 3.54 ERA and 14 wins this season, tied for 4th all-time in Idaho State softball history.

In 29 appearances for the Bengals, the freshman held opposing teams to just a .253 batting average. Opposing hitters had serious trouble with Rainey as she struckout 146 batters this season, 33 of them looking, third-best in the conference.

In her 29 games played, Rainey pitched 14 complete games and recorded three shutouts this season, tied for 4th all-time at Idaho State.

Rainey threw 2068 pitches this season, in all that time, she only allowed 7 home runs and only 77 walks.

Skyler Sethman – 2nd Team All-Conference

Sethman has been an instrumental part of the Bengal infield this season.

Offensively, Sethman finishes the regular-season batting .291, fourth-best for the Bengals, a marked increase from her production last season which saw her bat .182.

Sethman had 11 extra-base hits this season and finishes the regular season with a .436 slugging percentage.

Sethman had the third-highest number of putouts for the Bengals this season with 72 from the infield.

Angelica Cano – Big Sky Honorable Mention

Angelica Cano has had an amazing year for Idaho State at short stop.

Cano ranks No. 3 on the team I batting average at .351. She has started all 49 games for the Bengals this season and Leads both the team and conference with 48 RBIs this season. Those 48 RBIs rank her 8th all-time in a single season in Bengal History.

In the Conference standings, Cano ranks top-10 in 11 categories. She leads the Big Sky in RBIs and Doubles and has hit the fourth-most home runs in the Big Sky this season with 12.

Her slugging percentage of .669 leads the Bengals and ranks her 7th in the Big Sky. Her 25 extra base hits lead the team this season.

Brook Richards – Big Sky Honorable Mention

Brook Richards has exploded on the scene as an integral part of the Bengal offense. The Bengal freshman ended the regular season hitting .281 with eight extra base hits including one of the Bengal’s nine triples so far this season.

Not only has she been dangerous swinging, Richards has hit six sacrifice bunts so far this season, sixth-most in the Big Sky this season and just off of the single-season top-10 list for the Bengals.

Richards has shown consistency this season with the third-best on base percentage for the Bengals, reaching .388 percent.

Mailee Newman – Big Sky Honorable Mention

Newman ends the regular-season with honorable mention honors from the conference.

Newman hit the second-most homeruns this season with six. While not counting for her batting average, Newman has been hugely consistent in the box with runners on, hitting a conference-leading five sacrifice flys and 30 total RBIs this season.

Newman also has been a vital part of the Bengal pitching staff, coming in as relief multiple times with 11 appearances this season. Newman had 12 strikeouts and earned a win in 23 innings pitched.