Kailey Wilson named BIG EAST Player of the Year and unanimous first-team selection

OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton junior softball Kailey Wilson was named the 2022 BIG EAST Player of the Year and a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection, as voted on by league coaches on Wednesday afternoon.

The left-handed slugger became the fourth Bluejay in program history to be named Conference Player of the Year, joining Stacey Rybar (2004), Abby Johnson (2005) and Renae Sinkler-O’Gorman (2009, 2010). and is the first Bluejays to win the honor in the BIG EAST. She was also named an All-BIG EAST unanimous first team selection for the second straight season.

A native of Aurora, Colorado, Wilson led the Bluejays and BIG EAST with a .524 batting average during league play, the highest batting average in a conference game by a Bluejays in at least 1989. His efforts at home plate pushed his career BIG EAST play batting average to .467, which ranks second for career batting average in BIG EAST history, behind the former Notre Dame star Meghan Murray (.518).

The junior slugger started each of Creighton’s 22 conference games as a Designated Player and led the league in slugging percentage (.984) and on-base percentage (.620) and tied for the lead in the BIG EAST with seven circuits and 62 bases in total. Wilson also ranked second in the league in hitting (33), which included 11 multi-hit games and a 10-game hitting streak.

Wilson, the 29th Bluejays player in program history to earn multiple all-conference honors, was the designated player in all 42 games this season and led the Bluejays with a .436 batting average, the second most batting average. highest in school history but the highest average since Anne Timmermann posted a .538 average in 1978. Wilson also posted the Bluejays’ second-highest single-season slugging percentage and on-base percentage in school history with a .812 slugging percentage, as well as a .541 on-base percentage. She paced Creighton’s offense with a team-high 51 hits, including 11 doubles, 11 homers and 24 walks, as Wilson reached base safely in 19 straight games.

The fourth-year junior currently ranks fourth on Creighton’s career batting average list with a .370 mark in four seasons (121 hits). Wilson is one homer away from breaking into the top 10, having thrown 26 career homers. She also drew 62 career walks, five shy of a top 10 in school history.

Creighton finished the 2022 season with a 15-27 overall record, including a 5-17 mark in BIG EAST action.


The All-BIG EAST first and second teams consisted of 12 players consisting of two pitchers, with the remaining spots selected at-large. All-BIG EAST teams and major awards were selected via a vote of the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players or coaching teams.

Butler’s Alyssa Graves won BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors, while shortstop DePaul Maranda Gutierrez won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors for the third time in the past four years. , and Seton Hall shortstop Taylor Hill earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors. . Graves paced the conference with a 1.12 ERA for 69 innings of work in league action. She didn’t allow a home run, while holding her opponents to a .164 batting average. Gutierrez had 39 strikeouts and 35 assists in 77 chances while averaging .306 at the plate for the Blue Demons this season. Hill paced all freshmen and ranked second in the BIG EAST with a .449 batting average. The Little Falls, NJ native led the league in hits (35) and doubles (12), while ranking third in RBI (25) and total bases (58), sixth in slugging percentage (. 744) and seventh in overbase percentage (.476).


The UConn coaching staff won the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year award after head coach Laura Valentino and his staff led the Huskies to the regular season crown with a record 20-4 in the league.





2022 BIG EAST Softball Awards

BIG EAST Player of the Year

Kailey WilsonCreighton, Jr., DP



BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year
Alyssa Graves, Butler, Gr.*



BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Gr., SS



BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Taylor Hill, Seton Hall, Fr., SS



BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
UConn



BIG EAST First Team
Lauren Fey, Butler, Sr., 2B
Alyssa Graves, Butler, Gr., P*
Sami Barnett, UConn, R-Sr., IF
Briana Marcelino, UConn, Gr., IF
Elise Sokolsky, UConn, Fr., P*

Kailey WilsonCreighton, Jr., DP*
Brooke Johnson, DePaul, Jr., 1B
Kate Polucha, DePaul, Gr., LF
London Jarrard, St. John’s, Fr., SS
Taylor Hill, Seton Hall, Fr., SS
Megan Kern, Villanova, Sr., SS
Paige Rauch, Villanova, Gr., P



All-BIG EAST Second Team
Bri Avery, Butler, Father, DE
Reese Guevarra, UConn, Gr., DE
Alexis Hastings, UConn, Fr., DE
Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Gr., SS
Sarah Lehman, DePaul, Gr., P
Tori Meyer, DePaul, Jr., RF
Anna Wohlers, DePaul, Fr., 3B
Mae Forshey, Georgetown, Sr., C
Jacques Harrington, Providence, So., C/UTIL
Ashly Colonetta, Seton Hall, Jr., 2B
Shelby Smith, Seton Hall, Jr., P
Chloe Smith, Villanova, Jr., 3B


*unanimous selection

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