Berea, Ky. – KIAC officials released the softball all-conference team, player of the year, pitcher of the year and coach of the year Monday, May 5th.
Indiana University Southeast freshman Shelby Lucas was named the KIAC player of the year. Lucas ranked near the top among conference leaders in several statistical categories. She was 1st in hits (58), 1st in triples (10), 4th in batting average (.439), 5th in slugging percentage (.674), 2nd in runs scored (40) and 5th in runs batted in (36). Her 10 triples was also tops in the nation. Lucas was also named player of the week twice this season.
Indiana University Southeast freshman Jessica Leanhart was named the KIAC pitcher of the year. Leanhart ranked near the top in several KIAC statistical categories. The Grenadier freshman was 1st in earned run average (2.23), 1st in wins (18), 2nd in opposition batting average (.224), 2nd in strike outs (126). Leanhart was also named pitcher of the week six times this season.
Indiana University Southeast head coach Joe Witten was named the KIAC coach of the year. Witten led the Grenadiers to a first place finish in the KIAC regular season. IU Southeast finished the regular season 37-10 overall and 25-3 in conference play. The entered the conference tournament as the top seed and finished the tournament 4-0 and claimed the tournament championship. The Grenadiers will advance to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round scheduled for May 12-14.
Player of the Year
Shelby Lucas – Indiana University Southeast
Pitcher of the Year
Jessica Leanhart – Indiana University Southeast
Coach of the Year
Joe Witten – Indiana University Southeast
P/UT - Jordan Batliner - IU Southeast
P/OF - Stacey Harbold - Brescia
P - Hannah Harley - Point Park
C/1B - Kateland Hunter - Asbury
OF/U - Julie Jarboe - Asbury
OF - Kari Kviten - Berea
P - Jessica Leanhart - IU Southeast
C/OF - Shelby Lucas - IU Southeast
IF - Karen Mao - Point Park
C/INF - Allie Michel - Brescia
IF - Ashley Morran - Point Park
LF - Tori Price - Alice Lloyd
P - Emily Pritts - Carlow
P - Summer Rattliff - Asbury
OF - Stefani Smith - Brescia
P - Jenna Swain - IU Southeast
INF - Rachel Tanner - Brescia
OF - Kenzie Young - Carlow