ST. LOUIS, Mo. -

At the annual Missouri Valley Conference softball awards ceremony the Wichita State Shockers cleaned up!  Coach Kristi Bredbenner and her staff were named the coaching staff of the year while Cacy Williams was named both the Newcomer of the Year and the league's Most Valuable Player.

Here is the full release on the awards:

Regular-season champion Wichita State claimed three specialty awards - Most Valuable Player, Newcomer of the Year and Coaching Staff of the Year - while seven-seed Loyola claimed Most Valuable Pitcher at the annual softball banquet, Wednesday evening in Normal, Illinois. 

Wichita State’s Cacy Williams was honored as the Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player as well as Newcomer of the Year. Loyola’s Brittany Gardner was named Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year with Wichita State’s coaching staff of Kristi Bredbenner, Samantha Ricketts and Samantha Sheeley named Coaching Staff of the Year.

Our newcomer of the year made her presence immediately known from the first game of the season. Cacy Williams has the highest batting average in the league, scored 57 runs and the most hits with 70. This athlete knocked 16 home runs out of the park and got extra bases with 13 doubles and two triples. She was key in having her team claim the first-place seed at the MVC Championship. 

Brittany Gardner has the 78th most strikeouts in all of NCAA Division I Softball with 159 strikeouts, the most in the Missouri Valley Conference as well. This pitcher has an overall 2.84 GPA in 194.2 innings pitched. Of the 159 strikeouts, 35 of those were looking. While pitching, 199 of the outs her team made were fly ball outs and 197 of them were ground ball ones. 

Our Player of the Year, Cacy Williams has a .422 batting average which is the 38th best in Division I Softball. In NCAA rankings, her slugging percentage ranks her 18th, her home runs at 19th. She has a .532 on base percentage, good for 21st and currently ranks 64th in walks. During the season, she had 293 putouts and 14 double plays. 

Kristi Bredbenner and her coaching staff led their team to a 34-20 overall record and a 21-6 mark in the MVC. They brought the first regular-season champion title to their school as well as the first Coaching Staff of the Year honors. 

League awards are voted on by the head softball coaches.