Pair Help FSU Claim Regional Title; Bruntjens Named Tourney's Outstanding Player

Holly Bruntjens
The Ferris State University softball team reaped the rewards of its 2008 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament title as junior pitcher Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) and junior outfielder-pitcher Sarah Mueller (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) were named to the regional's all-tournament team while Bruntjens also was chosen as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The two were among 13 players selected to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional All-Tourney Team for their performances at 2008 regional tourney (May 7-11), which was held at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville's Cougar Field in Edwardsville, Ill. Bruntjens posted a 3-0 pitching mark with a 0.00 earned run average in 21.0 innings to go with 12 strikeouts and three walks. She held the opposition to a .151 batting average and gave up only 11 base hits as the Bulldogs held their opponent scoreless in all 36 innings through FSU's four tournament games.

Bruntjens tossed a trio of shutouts at the tourney, beginning with a three-base hit, three-strikeout performance in a 1-0 decision over Saginaw Valley State (May 7). She then followed with a four-hit complete-game effort in Ferris' 4-0 victory against nationally-ranked Wayne State (May 10) to go with three strikeouts. Bruntjens pitched the Bulldogs to the Great Lakes Regional Championship title as she blanked the tourney's top seed Southern Illinois-Edwardsville by a 1-0 score. The 2008 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Second-Team pick fanned six SIUE hitters and limited the 2007 national champions to four hits. She also registered one putout and had eight assists in her four appearances.

Sarah Mueller
Mueller paced the sixth-seed Bulldogs in hitting with a .333 average after totaling five hits in 15 at bats. She also scored three runs while notching a double and a home run apiece. Mueller concluded the tournament with a .600 slugging percentage and produced a .412 on-base percentage. The two-time (2007 and 2008) All-GLIAC First-Team honoree went two-for-three at the plate versus Saginaw Valley State (May 7), which featured the game-winning solo homer. She then tallied two hits, including a double, against Lewis (May 9) and accounted for the winning run in the championship game versus SIUE (May 11) by scoring on a sacrifice fly to go with a single in the encounter. The two-time (2007 and 2008) All-GLIAC First-Team honoree proved productive in the field with four putouts and five assists in as many chances per her four contests. In the pitching circle, Mueller's lone appearance was in Ferris' 1-0 win against Lewis (May 9) as she limited the Flyers to six hits while walking one and fanning five batters in throwing all 15 innings of the tourney tilt.

Ferris State, which was making its sixth NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance and its third in the last four years, has now captured three (1998, 1999 and 2008) regional titles to date in the program's 36-year history. The Bulldogs, under 11th-year head coach Keri Becker, improved to 34-16 overall this season with the regional tourney sweep.

Ferris will be making its third national tournament appearance in the school's history this week (May 14-17) as the Bulldogs are one of eight teams who will be competing in the 2008 NCAA-II Spring Championships Festival at Houston, Texas.

2008 NCAA-II Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team

Pitcher -- Kaitlin Colosimo, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Pitcher -- Holly Bruntjens, Ferris State
Catcher -- Sarah Berry, Wayne State
Infielder -- Jamie Keltz, Indianapolis
Infielder -- Kaeleigh Rousey, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Infielder -- Lindsey Perry, Wayne State
Infielder -- Lindsay Longfellow, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Outfielder -- Courtney Mall, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Outfielder -- Maggie Swanson, Indianapolis
Outfielder -- Carla Musillo, Lewis
Designated Player -- Meredith Boxberger, Wayne State
At-Large -- Trisha Thurston, West Virginia Wesleyan
At-Large -- Sarah Mueller, Ferris State
Most Outstanding Player -- Holly Bruntjens, Ferris State

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