Bulldog Softball Senior Student-Athlete Receives Second-Team Accolades

*2009 CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Softball Teams PDF

Holly Bruntjens
Ferris State's Holly Bruntjens was named to the CoSIDA All-District IV Second Team. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced the selection of Ferris State University softball senior Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) to its 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV College Division Softball Team.

An applied biology major, Bruntjens was one of 14 student-athletes to receive second-team recognition within the college division.

Bruntjens was an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team honoree this season and recently was named the recipient of the school's 23rd annual Helen Bennett Award, which is presented to the Bulldogs' outstanding female student-athlete.

A pitcher-outfielder, Bruntjens registered a 14-8 record in the pitching circle this season with a 1.76 earned run average in 127.0 innings of work. She chalked up a team-leading 97 strikeouts to go with three shutouts as a 20-game starter in 24 overall appearances for the 2009 season. Bruntjens was also productive offensively as she hit for a career single-season best .300 average with a season-high 33 base hits in 110 at bats. She produced 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 concluded her three-year (2007-09) career at Ferris State ranking among the program's all-time leaders. In pitching, Bruntjens presently is third in most 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). At the plate, Bruntjens six career home runs ranks tied for 19th place while her 17 career doubles represents a tie for 26th place honors.

Bruntjens attained both National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete and GLIAC All-Academic Team laurels the previous two (2007 and 2008) seasons.

In order to be considered, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average, have reached sophomore standing both academically and athletically, have completed at least one full academic year at their current institutions, and participated in at least 50 percent of their teamís competitions.

The team is selected by a vote of CoSIDA members within District IV, which encompasses the schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

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