Four members of the Nebraska Wesleyan University softball team were named to the 2010 Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball All-Conference team that was announced Tuesday (May 11). NWU junior pitcher Alysia Wittmaack was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year.
Wittmaack was joined on the All-GPAC First Team by outfielder Dani Bryant. Shortstop Lauren Bodfield was named to the All-GPAC Second-Team, while first baseman Marcia Kennedy received All-GPAC honorable mention recognition.
This marks the first time a NWU softball player has been named a player-of-the-year in softball and only the third time that Nebraska Wesleyan has more than one player on the All-GPAC First-Team.
Wittmaack (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) had a fantastic season as the Prairie Wolves ace pitcher. She set a season record with 18 wins, posting an 18-5 record. In GPAC play, she was 12-1 with a 0.97 ERA and two saves. On the season she had 142 strikeouts and only 23 walks. Wittmaack also set the career victories record with 39 career wins in three seasons. The Lincoln East H.S., graduate now holds nine NWU single season and career pitching records. She was honorable mention All-GPAC in 2009.
Bryant (So., Lincoln, Neb.) earns All-Conference honors for the second straight season after earning Second-Team All-GPAC last season. Bryant was the team leader in hits (55), batting average (.387), runs (35) and stolen bases (45). She led the GPAC and ranks in the top five in the NAIA in stolen bases with a school record 45 steals on the year. She also ranked in the top 10 in the GPAC in hits, batting average and runs. In just two years, the Lincoln Southwest H.S., graduate has set the career stolen base record (56) and ranks fourth in career batting average (.369).
Bodfield (Fr., Lincoln, Neb.) had a very solid freshman season to earn All-GPAC Second-Team. Bodfield was second on the team with a .383 batting average with a team-high 10 doubles and 31 RBI. She also had 49 hits and three home runs with a slugging percentage of .563 to lead the team. The Lincoln Pius X H.S., product started 37 games at shortstop and had several game-winning hits on the year.
Kennedy (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) is an All-Conference player for the third straight season. She was Second-Team in 2009, and honorable mention in 2008 and 2010. Kennedy had a team-high five home runs and four triples. She batted .310 with 29 RBI. The Omaha Burke H.S., graduate now ranks tied for third in career home runs (7), sixth in career RBI (75) and tied for seventh in career doubles (23).
Sarah Seymour from Dordt College was the GPAC Player-of-the-Year and Jessica Jones-Sitzmann from Morningside College was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the season with a 27-14 record, which was the second most wins in school history. They were 17-7 in conference play to finish second place marking the highest ever GPAC finish for a NWU softball team.