Bruntjens and Harrington Earn First-Team All-Conference Honors

*2009 All-GLIAC Softball Teams Release* PDF

Holly Bruntjens
Senior Holly Bruntjens landed a spot on the All-GLIAC First Team as a utility player.
Six members of the nationally-ranked Ferris State University softball team were selected to the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team as announced by the conference office this Friday (May 1).

The first, second, and honorable mention teams were voted on by the conference's 10 head coaches and announced at the 2009 GLIAC Softball Championship Tournament in Midland, Mich.

Junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) and senior utility player Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) were Ferris State's representatives on the first team. Junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) and junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) attained second-team recognition. League honorable mention honors went to two seniors in first baseman Amanda Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) and catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers).

The 2009 GLIAC Player of the Year was Marsha Beaubien of Saginaw Valley State while Wayne State's Casey Hanes was tabbed as the GLIAC Pitcher of the Year. Emlyn Knerem of Ashland was chosen as the GLIAC Freshman of the Year and AU head coach Sheilah Gulas was recognized as the "Michael J. Corbett" GLIAC Coach of the Year.

Harrington is presently batting for a .308 average with 32 base hits in 104 at bats this season. She has scored 21 runs while registering eight doubles, one home run, and 13 RBIs in 38 contests. The 2008 second-team All-GLIAC pick currently shares top 2009 team honors with 11 multiple-hit game performances and has one multi-RBI outing. In 22 league games, Harrington batted .294 (20-68) while producing six doubles and eight RBIs.

Amanda Harrington
Junior second baseman Amanda Harrington earned first-team all-GLIAC honors this season after achieving second-team recognition a season ago.
In her final season at Ferris State, Bruntjens has generated a current career-best .323 hitting average as a result of producing a single-season high 30 base hits in 93 plate appearances. She has six doubles, two home runs, 19 RBIs, and a .452 slugging percentage as a starter in 32 of 33 games. In the pitching circle, Bruntjens has posted a 13-5 record and a 1.30 earned run average over 102.2 innings in 20 appearances. She has compiled eight complete games and fanned a squad-high 86 batters while holding the opposition to a .189 batting average. The Bulldog hurler was 9-4 in GLIAC play and had a 1.35 earned run average in 72.2 innings during her 14 league encounters. Bruntjens garnered honorable mention laurels in 2007 and attained second-team honors last season.

Flores, who's a first-time all-league pick, is enjoying her best offensive season in a Bulldog uniform this season with single season highs in batting average (.328), hits (38), runs scored (17), home runs (five), RBIs (23), and slugging percentage (.500). She has currently accumulated 11 multiple-hit games and five multi-RBI contests, both team-high tying efforts. Flores hit for a .315 average in 22 conference matchups with 23 hits in 73 at bats, which also featured four doubles, three home runs, 15 RBIs, and a .493 slugging percentage.

Stevenson has chalked up a 10-0 mark in the circle this spring and leads the team with a 0.62 earned run average in 15 appearances. The 15-game starter has thrown 78.2 innings and boasts 56 strikeouts. The left-handed throwing Stevenson has pitched six complete games and notched two shutouts this campaign. She went 7-0 in conference play this year with a 0.79 earned run average and struck out 34 batters in 61.2 innings of work. In limited action at the plate, Stevenson is hitting .269 with seven hits (three doubles) and five RBIs in 26 at bats. She was recognized as the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week this season (April 20).

Jager has turned in a .283 batting average this spring with 28 hits in 99 at bats. A 38-game starter this campaign, Jager has garnered five multi-game performances both in hits and RBIs. She earned All-GLIAC First Team and Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region Second-Team accolades in 2008 after receiving second-team all-conference kudos during her 2007 sophomore year.

A repeat (2008-09) honorable mention honoree, Bailey is hitting at a .286 clip this season with 24 hits in 84 plate appearances. She has notched a team-high tying eight doubles while tallying 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 29 encounters. Bailey, who was a 2007 All-GLIAC Second-Team performer, batted .302 (13-43) with six extra-base hits (five doubles) and five RBIs in 15 league contests.

Ferris State, which is ranked sixth nationally in the latest (April 29) National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Poll, begins play at the annual GLIAC Softball Championship Tournament this weekend (May 1-3) in Midland, Mich. The third-seeded Bulldogs are presently 32-6 overall and concluded regular-season league play this season with a school-record 18-4 GLIAC ledger.

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