2013 All-NCAC Softball Team Announced

2013 All-NCAC Softball Team

Kenyon senior Jamie Samuel (Malibu, CA/Malibu) was named Player of the Year and DePauw senior pitcher Emily Bichler (Belgium, WI/Port Washington) took Pitcher of the Year honors to highlight the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference softball selections.

Samuel {left}, who makes her second-straight and third career appearance as a member of the first team, led NCAC hitters in nearly every major category in league games this season, including batting average (.621), hits (36), runs scored (23), on base percentage (.676) and total bases (50). In addition, Samuel totaled 11 doubles and one home run to accumulate an .862 slugging percentage in 16 NCAC games.

Bichler {right}, who also makes her first-career appearance as a member of the first team, garnered the Pitcher of the Year distinction after posting a 6-1 NCAC record in 11 league appearances this season. In 61 innings of work, Bichler struck out 41 batters and posted a 1.49 ERA, while holding opponents to just a .208 batting average. 

Wittenberg freshman infielder Loren Combs (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) was named Newcomer of the Year by vote of the league coaches after hitting .359 (14-of-39) in NCAC contests with two doubles, one RBI, 12 runs scored and a .375 on-base percentage. Combs was also a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen bases and was an All-NCAC second-team selection.

DePauw senior Amy Hallett (Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle) and Wooster sophomore Demi Hart (Shreve, OH/Triway) are repeat first-team performers from a year ago, while Denison junior Becca Dyer (Farmington Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) and Wittenberg junior Laura Rose (Riverside, OH/Stebbins) appear on the first team for the second time in their career's after also earning the distinction in 2011.

DePauw's Erica Hanrahan earned Coach of the Year recognition for the first time in her career. In her first season at the helm of the Tiger softball program, Hanrahan guided DePauw to its first NCAC Championship after posting a 13-3 record in league contests this season.