Softball Championship Preview
D3baseball.com, NFCA Name All-America Teams; Academic All-America Men's Tennis; USTFCCCA, IWLCA Individual Awards
JUNE 1, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Softball Championship Preview
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The 2023 NCAA Division III Softball Championships enters its final round today with four games in Marshall, Texas.
Salisbury (44-3) vs. Moravian (37-10), 12:00
Sea Gulls | Batting Avg (352) | Scoring (6.88) | ERA (1.27)
Greyhounds | Batting Avg (315) | Scoring (5.47) | ERA (2.02)
Players to Watch: (S) Lindsey Windsor (401-8-50; 15-1, 1.14), Abby Mace (375-9-39). (M) Holly Walter (381-5-21), Marcie Silberman (362-6-29), Madi Cunningham (18-6, 2.00)
Christopher Newport (31-11) vs. Berry (41-5), 2:30
Captains | Batting Avg (279) | Scoring (5.26) | ERA (1.69)
Vikings | Batting Avg (344) | Scoring (6.54) | ERA (1.33)
Players to Watch: (C) Brooke Greaver (396-13-41), Kate Alger (16-5, 1.33). (B) Katie White (464-9-43), Morgan Frye (433-13-51), Hannah Gore (16-1, 1.00)
Linfield (46-4) vs. Coe (37-9), 5:00
Wildcats | Batting Avg (359) | Scoring (7.72) | ERA (2.10)
Kohawks | Batting Avg (297) | Scoring (5.63) | ERA (1.81)
Players to Watch: (L) Kaili Saathoff (455-1-37), Claire Seats (404-7-63), Tayah Kelley (33-1, 1.43). (C) Heather Boeckenstedt (373-1-8), Skyler Stookey (326-15-48), Ellie Thurow (14-4, 1.13)
Trine (40-4) vs. Rowan (41-8), 7:30
Thunder | Batting Avg (325) | Scoring (7.39) | ERA (1.05)
Profs | Batting Avg (311) | Scoring (5.35) | ERA (1.89)
Players to Watch: (T) Debbie Hill (447-13-50, 11-3, 1.08), Cassie Woods (414-0-27), Alexis Michon (10-1, 1.58). (R) Liz McCaffery (361-0-28), Cat Thomas (344-9-46), Rylee Lutz (23-6, 1.64)
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2. Thomson, Sanchez Head All-America Team
For the 16th season, the good folks at D3baseball.com have selected their All-America team from more than 1,000 nominations.
C-Justin Fogel, Jr., Penn State Abington
1B-Sam Angelo, Sr., Montclair State
2B-Adam Cootway, Jr., UW-Whitewater
SS-DJ Perron, Sr., UMass Dartmouth
3B-Jack Thomson, Sr., Lewis & Clark
OF-Matthew Cooper, Sr., Johns Hopkins
OF-Ben Lea, Soph., East Texas Baptist
OF-Ben Watson, Sr., Elizabethtown
DH-Christian Homa, Soph., Salve Regina
UTL-Tyler Horvat, Sr., Washington & Jefferson
SP-Matthew Aukerman, Sr., John Carroll
SP-Harrison Boushele, Jr., Augustana
SP-Brett Sanchez, Jr., Belhaven
SP-Gabe Van Emon, Sr., Endicott
RP-Jack Bachmore, Sr., Lynchburg
Player of the Year: Jack Thomson, Sr., 3B, Lewis & Clark
Pitcher of the Year: Brent Sanchez, Jr., RHP, Belhaven
Rookie of the Year: Ryar Reinhart, Fr., 3B, Kalamazoo
3. Mace Highlights All-America Team
Abby Mace, Salisbury (photo by Hannah Reagle)
Fifty-six student-athletes from 35 different schools were selected to the 2023 NFCA Division III All-America teams. Concordia Wisconsin graduate pitcher Gina Followell, Texas Lutheran junior hurler Ashlyn Strother and Salisbury senior outfielder Abby Mace all earned their third-straight All-America honor, with Mace being a first-team selection all three seasons.
P-Gina Followell, Concordia (Wis.)
P-Kayla Simacek, Bethel
P-Tayah Kelley, Linfield
C-Abby Spore, Luther
1B-Rachel Kazmirski, Marietta
2B-Courtney White, East Texas Baptist
3B-Rachel Moore, Tufts
SS-Tristen Maddox, East Texas Baptist
OF-Katie White, Berry
OF-Katie Phillips, Linfield
OF-Abby Mace, Salisbury
UTL/P-Debbie Hill, Trine
DP/UTL-Ann Schuck, Transylvania
AL/UTL/P-Lindsey Windsor, Salisbury
AL/2B-Mackenzie Bivin, MIT
AL/1B-Lexi Martin, Wisconsin Lutheran
AL/OF-Karson Saunders, Union
AL/SS-Jordan Holman, Huntingdon
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4. Aney Headlines Academic Tennis Squad
Three-time All-American Nick Aney of Gustavus Adolphus was named the Academic All-American of the Year as the College Sports Communicators announced their 2023 Academic All-America men’s tennis team.
The members of the first team compiled an average GPA of 3.93.
Vishwa Aduru, Jr., Case Western Reserve, 3.96, Computer Science / Economics
Nick Aney, Sr., Gustavus Adolphus, 3.99, Biochemistry
Benji Grossman, Sr., MIT, 4.00, Mathematics
Aidan Harris, Jr., Middlebury, 3.98, Economics
Nolan Shah, Jr., Emory, 3.84, Human Health
James Yu, Jr., Johns Hopkins, 3.90, Computer Science
Thomas Yu, Jr., Johns Hopkins, 3.83, Computer Science
5. Lightning Round ⚡️
🏃🏻♀️ Track and Field. The USTFCCCA named its Outstanding Performers of the 2023 NCAA Division III Championships. Men’s honors went to Sam Blaskowski of UW-La Crosse and Yakob Ekoue of UW-Eau Claire on the track and in the field, respectively, while Michelle Kwafo of Coast Guard and Victoria Kadiri of Johns Hopkins stood out for the women in those respective venues.
🥍 Lacrosse (W). The IWLCA handed out individual awards on Wednesday - Middlebury’s Jane Earley was named Player and Attacker of the Year; William Smith’s Maddie Montgomery was selected as the Midfielder of the Year; Middlebury’s Erica Barr was tabbed as Defender of the Year, while York’s Isabella Garabo was chosen as Goalkeeper of the Year.
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6. Comings and Goings
CONCORDIA (Wis.) - Enk Batnasan named assistant athletic trainer
GREENSBORO - Heather Macy stepped down as head women’s basketball coach
GRINNELL - Holly Roepke named director of athletics
HUSSON - Kent Clark named head golf coach
IMMACULATA - Chrissy Rhine stepped down as head women’s basketball coach
KNOX - Corey Goff named director of athletics
LAKELAND - Ashley Lona named head women’s basketball coach
MACALESTER - Marissa Guillou named assistant women’s soccer coach
MAINE MARITIME - Ashley Keenan named head women’s wrestling coach
MASSACHUSETTS-DARTMOUTH - Anika Goodhue named head field hockey coach
NEBRASKA WESLEYAN - Ted Bulling announced his retirement as director of track and field and cross country
OSWEGO STATE - Brendan McInerney named assistant director of marketing and fan engagement
ROCHESTER - Margaret Yerdon-Grange will be departing as head softball coach effective June 30
SALEM STATE - Bill O’Neill announced his retirement as head men’s ice hockey coach
VASSAR - Annie Kietzman named head field hockey coach
WESTMINSTER (Mo.) - Raul Lozano named assistant football coach
WILMINGTON - Sydney Moss named head women’s basketball coach
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