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Cougar softball players earn all-conference

The University of Minnesota, Morris had three student athletes earn all-conference accolades. Freshman Liz Leuty (St. Cloud) was named first-team all-conference and was named to the all-defensive team. Junior Bailey Jelle (Lakeville) and freshman Diane Blommel (Long Prairie) were selected honorable mention all-conference.

Leuty had a .406 batting average for the year with 28 hits and 10 runs batted in for the Cougars in 22 games. In 17 UMAC conference games for the year, Leuty was a .48 hitter with 23 hits. The regular center fielder for the Cougars, Leuty had 29 putouts for the year with four assists and only one error and a .971 fielding percentage.

Jelle was third on the team in hitting with a .394 average for the year with 26 hits, a team high six doubles and 17 RBI, third on the team. She also had a .453 on base percentage.

The Cougars' leading hitter for the year was Blommel who produced a .427 batting average with a team-leading 35 hits, four doubles and a team best 20 runs batted in. Her on base percentage was .447.

The Cougars finished the 2008 season 8-18 overall and 7-14 in the UMAC and played 10 of those 26 games in a four-day at the end of April.