Ferris State Softball Pair Land Spot On All-Midwest Region Teams

*2009 Daktronics, Inc. NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region Teams* PDF

Amanda Harrington
Holly Bruntjens
Junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) and senior pitcher-outfielder Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) of the nationally-ranked Ferris State University softball team have both been named to the 2009 Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region Softball Team.

Harrington was chosen as a first-team honoree and Bruntjens earned second-team accolades as voted on by the Midwest Region's sports information directors. As a result of her first-team selection, Harrington will advance to national ballot for All-America consideration. The 2009 Daktronics, Inc. All-America Teams will be announced Wednesday, May 20 prior to the 2009 NCAA Division II Softball Championships.

The all-region and All-America teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at all levels of competition.

The Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region is comprised of a first and second team with 13 student-athletes per squad. Saginaw Valley State's Marsha Beaubien was tabbed the Player of the Year while Allyson DeFosset garnered Pitcher of the Year laurels.

Harrington, a 2009 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team pick, batted a .290 average this season with 36 base hits in 124 at bats. A starter in all 45 outings this campaign, Harrington registered eight doubles, two home runs, 15 RBIs, 22 runs, six stolen bases, a .403 slugging percentage, and a .964 fielding percentage. She produced a squad and career single-season best 13 multiple-hit games this spring, which included 11 two-hit game performances. The Bulldog infielder claimed at least a hit in 21 contests for the 2009 season and her 12 sacrifice hits tied for the third most on Ferris State's career single-season leaders chart.

For her three-year (2007-09) career, Harrington presently ranks tied for 11th place among the Bulldogs' all-time leaders in home runs (eight), 16th in batting average (.298), 19th in doubles (25), tied for 21st in stolen bases (17), tied for 24th in base hits (125), tied for 25th in RBIs (52), 28th in at bats (420), and 29th in games played (141).

Bruntjens posted a 14-8 record this season to go with a 1.76 earned run average in 127.0 innings pitched. She fanned a team-leading 97 batters while racking up three shutouts as a 20-game starter in 24 overall appearances. The 2009 first-team All-GLIAC performer batted a career season-high .300 average with a season-best 33 base hits in 110 official plate appearances. Bruntjens accumulated eight doubles, two home runs, 22 RBIs, nine runs scored, and eight sacrifice hits to go with a .427 slugging percentage and a .310 on-base percentage. Bruntjens garnered six multiple-hit games and tallied a team-high tying five multi-RBI game performances this spring.

Bruntjens was recently recognized as the 2008-09 season recipient of the Helen Bennett Award as Ferris State's most outstanding female student-athlete and also received second-team kudos on the 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV College Division Softball Team.

In her FSU career, Bruntjens concludes a productive three (2007-09) seasons ranking high in several pitching and hitting statistical categories in the program's annals. In pitching, Bruntjens currently is listed third in strikeouts (307), fourth in victories (43), tied for fourth in shutouts (14), sixth in innings pitched (415.1), eighth in earned run average (1.53), and ninth in complete games (41). In batting, she ranks tied for 19th in home runs (six) and tied for 26th in doubles (17).

Both Harrington and Bruntjens played vital roles this season in leading Ferris State to a 35-10 overall record and an 18-4 GLIAC regular-season mark. The Bulldogs, under 12th-year head coach Keri Becker, made their seventh NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance in 2009 and advanced to the sub-Midwest Regional Tournament Championship game.

Ferris State is presently ranked 21st in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in its final regular season Division II Top 25 Poll.

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