NEW ORLEANS - Ivie Drake became the sixth Panther in school history to claim conference Player of the Year honors as she was named the 2018 Sun Belt Player of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.
Drake leads the conference in home runs, RBI, batting average, slugging and total bases, ranks second in on-base percentage and walks and ranks third in hits and fourth in both doubles and runs scored. Among NCAA D-I players, Drake ranks 22nd in batting average, fourth in home runs, 12th in OBP, fourth in RBI, sixth in slugging, fifth in total bases and 19th in walks.
Drake was also named First Team All-Sun Belt. The senior has received all-conference honors all four years of her career.
Redshirt senior Megan Litumbe joined Drake on the All-Sun Belt first team. Litumbe will go down as one of the most prolific hitters in Sun Belt history as she sits at 6th in Sun Belt history with 60 career home runs.
This season, she managed a .299 batting average in Sun Belt contests with four home runs and 17 RBI. She finished with 29 RBI on the season with seven dingers. She slugged .532 during Sun Belt play as well.
Freshman Skylar Mosel rounded out the honors for Georgia State as she was selected Second Team All-Sun Belt.
Mosel hit .324 in Sun Belt games with three home runs and 10 RBI. For the season, Mosel totaled six home runs with 23 RBI.
Ivie Drake is the seventh Panther to be named all-conference all four years of her career. She's the first Sun Belt Player of the Year in GSU history since the Panthers joined the league for the 2014 season. She's GSU's first Player of the Year since Catherine Lee in 2008.
The Panthers are in Lafayette, La., this week for the Sun Belt Championship. The Panthers begin tournament play Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET against either Georgia Southern or South Alabama.