Eight Cougar softball players honored by UMAC
UMM Sports Information
After winning 20 games for the first time under Heather Pennie-Roy, the University of Minnesota, Morris Cougars had eight softball players earn All-UMAC Honors. Mackenzie Weatherly, Sam Hanson and Molly Olson were all named to the UMAC First Team. Gina Downie, Kristy Hoge and Jordan Iverson were named Honorable Mention. Hoge, Iverson, Olson and Meghan Pomeroy were named to the UMAC All-Defensive Team. Alex Anderson was the Cougars representative on the Sportsmanship Team.
Hanson, the league leader in RBI with 43 finds herself on the First Team for the second straight season. She hit .458 this season, third best in the UMAC, but was first in the UMAC with a .569 batting average during league games. She had a ridiculous .986 slugging percentage in UMAC games. She led the league in triples and was fourth with four homers. She is ranked in the top-100 in the nation in several of these categories as well. She is 21st in the nation in RBI per game, 40th in slugging percentage, 37th in batting average, 56th in triples, 88th in on-base percentage and 87th in triples per game.
Olson is on the First Team and All-Defensive Team for the third straight season. Olson was one of the best players in the nation at hitting doubles, ranking 31st in the nation in doubles per game. She is also 187th in the NCAA in on-base percentage with a .474 percentage, good enough for seventh in the league. Defensively she threw out 7 of 23 base stealers and made just five errors all year. She had a 26 game hitting streak this season, tied for the 15th longest in NCAA Division III history.
Mackenzie Weatherly was named to the First Team a year after earning Honorable Mention honors last year. She had the most wins out of any pitcher in the UMAC this year with 14. She was second in shutouts and first in strikeouts with 111. She started 22 games, the most in the UMAC and had 12 UMAC wins also first in the league. She added two saves on the year, ranking 24th in the NCAA. She ranks 68th in wins and 110th in strikeouts. Her 3.22 ERA was third in the league.
Freshman Gina Downie busted onto the UMAC scene thanks to her speed. She was third in the league in stolen bases and sixth in runs scored. She ranks nationally in runs per game this season, averaging nearly a run per game played. Downie hit .393 on the year, had an on-base percentage of .453 and a slugging percentage of .482 as a slap hitter. She drove in 14 runs and scored 34 of her own.
Hoge is on the All-Defensive Team this season and was named Honorable Mention for the second straight year. The Cougars third-baseman was one of the best defenders in the conference. She also performed at the plate hitting .351 on the year and driving in 22. She had six doubles and scored 29 runs this year. She ranked third in the UMAC with three sacrifice hits during UMAC play.
After sitting out a season, Jordan Iverson came back and earned Honorable Mention and All-Defensive honors. Iverson was fourth on the team with a .361 batting average. Her three triples were third most in the UMAC. She drove in 24 runs, third most on the team. She also slugged .505 and had a .394 on-base percentage. She had three outfield assists and did not commit an error defensively this year.
Pomeroy was the second freshman from the Minnesota Morris team to be honored by the UMAC on Monday. Pomeroy was the Cougars shortstop and showed range at the toughest position on the field. She also did well at the plate, hitting .267 and having a .343 on-base percentage.
Anderson was second in UMAC in stolen bases with 16 and ranks 77th in the country in stolen bases per game at the moment. She hit .294 this season and scored 19 runs. She was a perfect 16 for 16 in stolen bases on the year.