| 2002 Women's Softball All-MIAC Team |
May 10, 2002 Posted 11:30 PM CST
Kathy Braun and Jill Pontius Earn MIAC Postseason Honors.
Was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. She was second in the MIAC in home runs (5).
Eagle Bend, Minn.
Was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. Her .447 season average is the second-best in school history.
Concordia seniors Kathy Braun (Willmar, Minn.) and Jill Pontius (Eagle Bend, Minn.) were named to the women's softball MIAC All-Conference Team. It is the first time that both players have been awarded the honor. The two led Concordia to a fourth place league finish and for their careers, finished with a 49-38 MIAC mark and a 72-62 overall record.
Braun, who played in 30 of the team's 32 games, hit .379 this year - the highest average in her four-year career at Concordia. She led the team in stolen bases (5) and finished second in batting average, hits (36), home runs (5) and RBI's (19). She also finished the year by only committing six errors in 146 chances as the teams' secondbaseman. In MIAC play, Braun finished third in the league in slugging percentage (.754), second in home runs (5), tied for third in total bases (46) and ninth in on-base percentage (.448).
Pontius finally receives all-conference accolades after being named to the MIAC Honorable Mention Team in her sophomore and junior seasons. She hit .447 this year, the second highest average in school history. Besides batting average, she led the team in hits (38), doubles (11), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.467). Her slugging percentage of .718 is also a new school record.
Pontius, a four-year starter at catcher, played in 27 games this year without committing an error, which led all MIAC catchers. She also led the league in throwing out runners attempting to steal.
At the plate, Pontius was second in the MIAC in slugging percentage
(.774), tied for fourth in home runs (4), tied for fifth in RBI's (18)
and ninth in total bases.
2002 Women's Softball All-MIAC
Name School Yr Pos Hometown
Rachael Ekholm Augsburg SR P/INF Richfield
Kristen Lideen Augsburg SO INF Champlin
Karrie Bateman Bethel JR OF St. Paul
Lori Peters Bethel SR OF Litchfield
Vicki Gunderson Carleton FY C Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Andrea Carroll Carleton JR P Bloomington
Jill Pontius Concordia SR C Eagle Bend
Kathy Braun Concordia SR IF Willmar
Ingrid Olson Gustavus SO OF White Bear Lake
Emily Deuth Hamline JR OF Northfield
Amanda Gage Hamline FY IF Forest Lake
Michelle Boys St. Benedict FY IF Eden Prairie
Ani Jordan St. Benedict SO P Vadnais Heights
Jaclyn Worm St. Benedict SR OF Young America
Jackie Huegel Saint Mary's JR SS Alta Vista, Iowa
Jennifer Miller Saint Mary's SR C Winona
Stacy O'Malley Saint Mary's FY OF Lake Elmo
Beth Janni St. Catherine SR C New Ulm
Stacy Tamble St. Thomas JR P Apple Valley
Andrea Sweeny St. Thomas JR P Inver Grove Heights
Heather Martin St. Thomas SR 3B Minneapolis
Gina Utecht St. Thomas JR C Mound
MIAC Coach of the Year - Janelle Tieken, Hamline
Honorable Mention All-MIAC
Augsburg: Melissa Lee
Gustavus: Molly Biehn, Melissa Aust
Hamline: Marion Zillhardt, Lindsay Miller, Venda Porter
Macalester: Cristin Beach
St. Kate's: Ana Fernandez, Clare Gundther
St. Mary's: Gina Rizzardi, Anne Munzenmaier, Lindsay Mamer
St. Olaf: Kelly Frederick, Kirstin Haaland
St. Thomas: Michelle Wong, Shannon Moore
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