She becomes the first softball player in program history to garner the award, and joins Erin Burner as Red Storm players to represent on the All-ECAC First Team.
Puga, the 2018 Big East Player of the Year, made her mark on the St. John’s record book during her senior stretch, becoming the single-season leader in home runs (19), hits (73) and runs (52).
In addition, the senior tied Burner for career home runs with 43. Her 19 long balls on the season ranked Puga ninth on the national level.
Pacing the squad offensively, Puga boasted a .435 batting average and a .839 slugging mark to lead the Big East. The senior topped the league in several other statistical categories including hits, runs, homers, and RBIs (44).
Puga has now garnered a total seven postseason awards to wrap up her senior campaign. Puga was also a unanimous selection to All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Tournament Team, NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes First Team and St. John’s softball MVP.
On top of her individual accomplishments, Puga helped St. John’s break the program record for home runs with 62, along with lifting the team to their fifth-straight appearance in the Big East Tournament.