Nebraska Wesleyan University had four players named to the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) All-Independent softball team that was announced Monday (May 11). Alysia Wittmaack, Marcia Kennedy and Jenna Turner were named to the First-Team, while Dani Bryant was chosen to the second team. In addition, Wittmaack was selected as the AD3I Pitcher-of-the-Year.
Wittmaack, a sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., was named the pitcher of the year after she went 13-8 with a 1.85 earned-run average and four shutouts. Wittmaack’s 192 strikeouts shattered the Nebraska Wesleyan season strikeout record (by 68), and she already sits atop the NWU career strikeout chart after only two years. This year, she also had three saves, 15 complete games and only 15 walks in 144 innings of work.
Kennedy, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., was selected to the First-Team outfield. She led the team with a .371 batting average, a .494 slugging percentage and 29 RBI. She was named to the second-team in 2008.
Turner, a sophomore from Norfolk, Neb., was named to the First-Team as a utility player. She was second on the team with a .346 batting average and led the team with 37 hits and two home runs.
Bryant, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., was a Second-Team outfielder on the All-Independent team. Bryant hit .340 as the lead-off hitter for NWU in her freshman year. She led the team with 11 stolen bases.
Softball coaches at member institutions of the Association of Division III Independents selected the award recipients during a conference call.