Van Horn and Smith named to College Sports Madness All-MEAC team


— Postseason recognition continues to roll in for Coppin State senior Candice Van Horn and junior Danielle Smith as both players were selected to the College Sports Madness All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) softball teams over the weekend.

Van Horn earned CSM first team honors for the second straight season. Smith was named to the second team as a second baseman. Each player was named to the All-MEAC first-team last week.

It’s been a big week for Van Horn, who named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District ® II Softball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a first team selection, Van Horn now becomes a candidate for the Academic All-America team.

Playing multiple positions this season for Coppin State and excelling everywhere, Van Horn was selected as the first team utility player.

Van Horn finished the season with a .400 batting average. It was the second consecutive year that Van Horn enjoyed a batting average at least .400. She also won four games as a pitcher, including two last weekend to help the Eagles win a series against crosstown rival Morgan State. Van Horn finished the regular season sixth in the MEAC in batting average and third in doubles with 11. She had 36 hits and a team best 19 runs batted in. Van Horn also hit four home runs including a grand slam against Winthrop.

For her career, Van Horn played in 136 games and tallied 120 hits, scored 98 runs, drove in 59 runs, had 26 doubles, slugged 14 homeruns and collected 29 multi-hit games.

Smith led Coppin State with 37 hits and five home runs. She ended the season with a .359 batting average. Smith enjoyed a 16-game hitting streak late in the season in which she hit over .500 during her torrid stretch. Two of her five home runs led off games (USC-Upstate and Drexel). Smith had 11 multi-hit games this season, including a pair of three-hit efforts against Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State.

Smith ended March on fire by recording seven hits during a three-game stretch. She finished the regular season strong by collecting five hits during the Eagles three-game series against Morgan State.

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