Wittenberg sophomore pitcher Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) and DePauw sophomore designated player Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) have been named the Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, to highlight the 2016 All-North Coast Athletic Conference softball team.
Zang, who makes her second-straight appearance on the top team, was the ace of the Wittenberg staff this season, finishing the year with a 6-2 record and a 1.73 earned-run-average in conference play. In 56.2 innings of work in the circle, Zang struck out 35 batters, allowed just 10 extra base hits and limited opposing hitters to a .223 batting average (48-of-215). She also made 11 appearances, which tied for the league-lead in NCAC action.
Godden is making her All-NCAC debut on the first team this year after leading all league hitters in numerous offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.843), home runs (6), RBI (19) and total bases (43). Godden, who collected a hit in 13 of the 16 league games she played in this season, including eight multi-hit games during that stretch, finished the conference slate with a .451 batting average (23-for-51), two doubles, three walks and nine runs scored.
DePauw senior Linsey Button (Ballwin, MO/Lafayette) becomes just the second student-athlete in conference history to make four-straight appearances on the first team. Button joins Wittenberg’s Norah Gillam who accomplished the feat from 2002-05.
Kenyon senior Jane Ghublikian (Dorchester, MA/Milton Academy) moves up to the first team after earning honorable-mention honors in both 2014 and 2015.
Denison sophomore Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier), DePauw senior Sammi Bell (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge Sr.) and DePauw sophomore Liz Getz (Bloomington, IN/South) were named to the top team for the second year in a row, while Denison junior Kerry Hager (Louisville, KY/Eastern) and DePauw sophomore Emma Baldwin (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) elevated to the first team after collecting second-team accolades last spring.
Wooster junior Stephenie Little (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) makes her first team debut after collecting honorable-mention accolades a season ago.
DePauw freshman Sidney Holler (Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) made her All-NCAC debut on the first team to mark the sixth DPU Tiger to earn first team accolades. 2016 marks the first time in conference history six student-athletes from the same team have been named to the top team. Five players have represented one school four different times in NCAC history, most recently in 2014 when DePauw accomplished the feat.
Wittenberg freshman infielder Katy Baumgartner (Fishers, IN/Cathedral) was named Newcomer of the Year by vote of the league coaches after hitting .479 (23-of-48) in NCAC contests with 12 RBI, five runs scored and a .528 on-base percentage. Baumgartner, who was also a first-team selection, totaled two doubles and three triples to accumulate a .646 slugging percentage in 16 NCAC games.
DePauw head coach Erica Hanrahan was named the Coach of the Year by vote of the league coaches for the third time in her career after she guided the Tigers to their fourth-straight NCAC title. Hanrahan, who is 114-69 in four years at the helm of the DPU softball program, will now guide the Tigers into the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament for the eighth time in the last 10 season. DePauw was selected as a “Pool-C” bid and will open the double-elimination tournament on Friday, May 13, against Washington (MO) at Illinois Wesleyan.
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