PEORIA, Ill. -- Sophomore pitcher/designated player Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (Sedro-Woolley, Wash./Sedro-Woolley) was named Bradley softball's 2012 Most Valuable Player in addition to being selected as the squad's Most Valuable Offensive Player with Friday's announcement of the team's annual awards.
In addition to the pair of honors for Lynch-Crumrine, junior pitcher Mackenzie Camp (Mapleton, Ill./Limestone) was selected as the team's Most Improved Player. Sophomore catcher Bailiegh Basham (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon/Lake Land C.C.) shared Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year honors with sophomore outfielder Mariah Cole (Springfield, Ill./Chatham Glenwood) and Basham was also given the team's 4D Award, recognizing her for her desire, dedication, determination and discipline.
A First-Team All-Mideast Region selection, Lynch-Crumrine is a two-time First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection and was an honorable mention MVC scholar-athlete. She led the team in batting average (.299), ERA (2.64), wins (11), innings pitched (196.1) and strikeouts (85). The only player in the MVC with 10 or more victories in the circle and 40 or more hits at the plate, Lynch-Crumrine hit .307 in MVC play and collected hits in 12 of the final 15 games of the 2012 season.
Camp more than doubled her career win total during the year and her season ERA of 3.25 was more than 1.50 runs less than her first two seasons combined on The Hilltop. She earned eight victories and tossed three complete shutouts during the 2012 campaign. Camp also earned two saves and came on late in the season, posting a 4-3 record with two saves and a 2.83 ERA in her last 12 appearances. She owned a 2.75 ERA in her final seven starts, which included a complete game shutout of Southern Illinois in the final weekend of the regular season.
Basham broke the Bradley season records for walks (36), hit by pitch (12) and on base percentage (.480) in her first season after transferring from Lake Land College. She ranked fourth in the MVC with her .480 on base percentage and her 36 walks were nine more than the previous season record. Basham was named to the all-tournament team at the State Farm MVC Tournament and ranked second on the team with 24 RBI, seven doubles and three home runs.
In addition to her offensive exploits she started 49 games at catcher, where Basham committed just two errors and threw out nine of 38 would-be base stealers. Bradley's opponents stole just 36 bases in 2012, marking the lowest steal total for BU foes since 2008.
Bradley's starting left fielder, Cole boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and owned a team-best eight outfield assists. She was an honorable mention MVC scholar-athlete and was also given Bradley's Carl Grose Service Award. Cole was fourth on the team with seven stolen bases and her 14 runs scored was sixth on the squad.