FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior center fielder Betsy Bouknight and freshman shortstop Allie Aleman have been named to the 2005 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Softball Team.
Bouknight, a 5-3 left-handed hitting Leesville native, is batting .397 this past season and leads the Patriots in hits (60), triples (4), and stolen bases (27 in 32 attempts), despite missing six games midway through the season with an injury. She is tied for the team lead in home runs with eight, although she had hit only three in her previous three seasons. The speedy leadoff batter has registered a .442 on-base percentage and is second on the squad in runs scored (41) and slugging percentage (.656). In the field, she has compiled a .929 fielding percentage with eight outfield assists.
During the 2005 campaign, she has had multiple hits in 20 of her 43 contests, and she recorded a team-best nine-game hitting streak.
Bouknight owns the school record for hits in a career (236), while posting career totals of 177 runs scored and 98 stolen bases (111 attempts) in 191 games. She was also an All-PBC selection in 2004.
Aleman, a 5-5 Santa Ana, Calif., native, leads Francis Marion in hitting (.404), slugging percentage (.661), and on-base-percentage (.450). Despite missing the team’s last 13 games with an injury, she has compiled season totals of four home runs, 16 doubles, and 33 RBIs. She has also tallied 23 runs scored and stolen nine bases (in 12 attempts), while striking out only nine times in 121 plate appearances. She has recorded 13 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests.
The two have helped lead Francis Marion to a 36-14 record and a recent fifth-place finish during the PBC regular season. The Patriots are awaiting the May 9 announcement of the NCAA Division II national tournament field to see if they will receive the program’s first-ever invitation.
FMU will return to action on April 26 at 2 p.m. with a road doubleheader at Shaw University.
Bouknight is a product of Batesburg-Leesville High School, where as a senior she batted .392 and earned All-Area, All-Region, and All-State honors. Aleman is a former two-time All-Serra League selection at Mater Dei High School.