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Softball Earns Three All-Region Accolades
Posted: Monday, May 16, 2005
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Jill Janke (Fr. -Black River Falls) was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region first team while Mallory McKinney (So. -Brooklyn Park, MN/Champlin Park) and Casey Leisgang (Fr. -Seymour) garnered second team honors, it was announced recently by the NFCA.
The trio led the Blugolds to the WIAC regular season title with a conference mark of 13-3. They finished the season with an overall record of 33-11. Eau Claire carried the No. 1 seed into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament but dropped consecutive games to UW-Stout to finish in second place at the event. All three of the All-Region players were named to the All-WIAC first team.
Janke had a phenomenal rookie season as she led all Blugold regulars and finished eighth in the WIAC with a .358 batting average. She provided a big bat in the heart of the Eau Claire lineup, tying for the conference lead with 36 RBI. She finished second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference with five home runs. She was tied for fourth in the WIAC with a .575 slugging percentage.
McKinney had another great season this spring as she led the Blugolds with a 16-6 record and 158.2 innings pitched. She was second in the WIAC in both categories. The sophomore hurler posted 134 strikeouts, the second most in the conference. She allowed just 26 walks and posted a miniscule 1.15 ERA for the season. Her ERA was the fifth best in the WIAC as she limited opposing hitters to a .192 batting average, second in the conference.
Leisgang had a great debut season for Eau Claire out of the leadoff spot. She led the team and was third in the conference with eight home runs while posting a .316 batting average. She was second in the WIAC in slugging percentage (.623) and runs scored (36) while leading the conference with 19 walks. She struck out just 13 times all season. Her .422 on-base percentage was good for sixth in the WIAC.
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