2014 All-NCAC Softball Team Announced

2014 All-NCAC Softball Team Announced

2014 All-NCAC Softball Team

Denison junior Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) was named Player of the Year and Big Red senior pitcher Rebecca Dyer (Shelby Township, MI/Detroit Country Day) earned Pitcher of the Year honors to highlight the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference softball selections.

Rooney {middle right}, who makes her first-career appearance as a member of the first team and third overall after collecting second-team honors the past two seasons, led all NCAC hitters in league games with 24 hits. In addition, Rooney finished in the top 10 in numerous other offensive categories, including doubles with seven (T-1st), total bases - 31 (T-2nd), batting average - .429 (3rd), on-base percentage - .467 (4th) and slugging percentage - .554 (10th). Rooney was also perfect in the field with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 16 NCAC games.  

Dyer {middle left} becomes just the fourth player in conference history to earn Pitcher of the Year honors twice in a career, first garnering the distinction in 2011 as a freshman. Dyer, who is making her third appearance on the first-team and fourth overall All-NCAC selection, posted an 8-1 NCAC record in 10 league appearances this season. In 63 innings of work, Dyer struck out 88 batters and posted a 1.00 ERA, while holding opponents to a .151 batting average. She led all NCAC pitchers with five shutouts.

DePauw sophomore Linsey Button (Ballwin, MO/Lafayette) joined Dyer as a repeat selection on the top team from a year ago, while Hiram senior outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) elevated to the top team after earning honorable-mention laurels in 2012 and second-team honors in 2013.

DePauw junior pitcher Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) and Denison senior catcher Meghan Edwards (Morton Grove, IL/Loyola Academy) both make their first appearance on the top team and second All-NCAC selection overall. In 2013, Nolan was a second-team selection and Edwards was named to the honorable mention team.

In addition, five players made their All-NCAC debut on the first team this spring, including DePauw junior infielder Taylor Golden (Chicago, IL/Trinity), DePauw senior outfielder Lauren Krumwiede (Watseka, IL/Watseka Community), DePauw junior utility specialist Jennifer Ridge (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington), Kenyon sophomore infielder Lindsey Susolik (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar) and Hiram freshman designated player Brittany Zajac (Corry, PA/Corry).

Wittenberg freshman infielder Abby Baker (Canfield, OH/Canfield) {far left} was named Newcomer of the Year by vote of the league coaches after hitting .444 (20-of-45) in NCAC contests with 12 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .500 on-base percentage. Baker, who was also a first-team selection, totaled four doubles, one triple and one home run to accumulate a .644 slugging percentage in 16 NCAC games.

Oberlin's Mimi Mahon {far right} earned Coach of the Year recognition for the first time in her career. In her third season at the helm of the Yeowomen softball program, Mahon guided Oberlin to the most NCAC wins in program history with a 5-11 record in league contests this season.