Tommie tandem, Wildcat rookie headline 2019 MIAC Softball Awards

2019 MIAC Softball Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2019 MIAC Softball Awards on Monday, including the All-Conference and honorable mention Teams, All-Sportsmanship Team, and Player, Pitcher, Rookie, and Coach of the Year honors.

St. Thomas juniors Elise Barnes and Kierstin Anderson-Glass were named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while St. Catherine shortstop Alex Ehde was honored with the Rookie of the Year award and UST coach John Tschida was selected by his peers as the MIAC Coach of the Year.

Barnes (Jr. | South St. Paul, Minn.) led or tied for the MIAC lead in six different offensive categories against conference opponents in 2019, batting .459 with 31 runs scored, 24 runs batted in, 14 extra-base hits, and seven home runs in addition to a slugging percentage of .865 on the year. The junior infielder also ranked second in the MIAC with 34 hits and an on-base percentage of .506. She hit safely in 19-of-22 conference games and helped the conference champion Tommies to a 16-1 record in games when she scored a run.

Anderson-Glass (Jr. | Inver Grove Heights, Minn. | Visitation) received Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career after going 11-1 with a league-best 1.09 earned run average and a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against conference opponents in 2019. Anderson-Glass - who missed all of the 2017 and 2018 seasons due to injury - pitched complete games in six of her nine starts this year, holding opponents to 11 runs on 45 hits with 52 strikeouts against just five walks. She becomes the fifth multi-time recipient of the MIAC Pitcher of the Year award, joining three-time winners Janet Nagle (2004-06) and Kendra Bowe (2012-14), as well as fellow two-time honorees Maria Bye (2007-08) and Marta Radcliffe (2009-10). Having won the award as a rookie in 2016 and again as a junior in 2019, Anderson-Glass is now the first multi-time Pitcher of the Year in MIAC history to receive the award in non-consecutive seasons.

Ehde (Fy. | Stillwater, Minn.) was named Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 33 hits, 21 RBI, and a batting average of .423 in 78 conference at-bats for St. Kate's in 2019. The first-year shortstop finished her debut season with an on-base percentage of .442 and a slugging percentage of .526 to help the Wildcats lock down the No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs. She becomes St. Catherine's second-ever Rookie of the Year selection, joining 2015 honoree Krista Flugstad. Ehde is the first non-pitcher to win the award since Saint Benedict infielder Kimberly Lidstone in 2013.

Tschida was voted MIAC Coach of the Year for the 13th time in his career after guiding the Tommies to their 16th Conference championship in his 19 seasons at St. Thomas. He is one of three individuals to have won multiple MIAC Coach of the Year honors and the only one to have won at two different institutions, receiving the award four times at Saint Mary's and nine times at St. Thomas.

In addition to individual awards, the 2019 All-Conference Team, honorable mention selections, and All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team were also announced on Monday. The 39-member All-Conference team included players from all 12 MIAC teams, with 15 seniors, nine juniors, 10 sophomores, and five first-year selections on the squad. MIAC champion St. Thomas led the way with six All-Conference selections, followed by Hamline and Saint Benedict with five apiece. Bethel, Carleton, St. Catherine, and St. Olaf each had four honorees, while Augsburg and Macalester both had a pair, and Concordia, Gustavus, and Saint Mary's all had one.

Four players - Augsburg's Sam Anderson, Saint Benedict's Kate Deming, and St. Thomas' Melissa Barry and Dana Connelly - were named All-Conference for the fourth year in a row, a feat accomplished by just 23 women in MIAC history. MIAC Player of the Year Elise Barnes joined teammate Chase Shortly, along with Carleton's Anna Lauko, Macalester's Julia Carpenter, St. Catherine's Jenna George, and St. Olaf's Emily Carr and Julie Graf as three-time All-MIAC selections. Nine individuals were named All-Conference for the second time, including Augsburg's Anesia King, Bethel's Allie Fauth and Mariah Uphoff, Carleton's Maris Daleo and Sam Kile, Saint Benedict's Ally Hjort, St. Catherine's Anna Hinderaker, and St. Thomas' Kierstin Anderson-Glass and Jenna Bromen.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 13th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for softball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

2019 MIAC Softball Awards

Player of the Year – Elise Barnes | Third Base | St. Thomas (Jr. | South St. Paul, Minn.)

Pitcher of the Year – Kierstin Anderson-Glass | Pitcher | St. Thomas (Jr. | Inver Grove Heights, Minn. | Visitation)

Rookie of the Year – Alex Ehde | Shortstop | St. Catherine (Fy. | Stillwater, Minn.)

Coach of the Year – John Tschida | St. Thomas (19th Season)

 2019 MIAC Softball All-Conference Team
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
P Sam Anderson Augsburg Sr. Coon Rapids, Minn.
P Kierstin Anderson-Glass St. Thomas Jr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn. | Visitation
P Aly Freeman Gustavus Jr. Omaha, Neb. | Marian
P Grace Gilmore Saint Benedict Fy. Hugo, Minn. | Centennial
P Julie Graf St. Olaf Jr. Sammamish, Wash. | Eastlake
P Ally Hjort Saint Benedict So. Woodbury, Minn.
P Sam Kile Carleton Sr. Elk Grove, Calif. | Consumnes Oaks
P Sophie Migacz Macalester Sr. McHenry, Ill. | McHenry West
P Alex Molloy Hamline So. Salem, Ore. | Silverton
P Kathryn Proper St. Catherine So. St. Paul, Minn. | Como Park
C Jenna Bromen St. Thomas Sr. Eagan, Minn.
C Emily Carr St. Olaf Sr. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson
C Natalie Maurice Carleton Jr. Eden Prairie, Minn.
C Justine Schultz Saint Mary's So. Winona, Minn.
1B Chase Shortly St. Thomas Sr. Forest Lake, Minn.
2B Melissa Barry St. Thomas Sr. Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview
2B Claire Boatman Saint Benedict Sr. Savage, Minn. | Burnsville
2B Allie Fauth Bethel So. Hutchinson, Minn.
2B Riley Husom Hamline So. Champlin, Minn. | Champlin Park
3B Elise Barnes St. Thomas Jr. South St. Paul, Minn.
3B Jenna George St. Catherine Sr. Ellsworth, Wis.
3B Alexa Hanowski Bethel Jr. Becker, Minn.
3B Kira Krueger Hamline Jr. Mayville, Wis.
SS Jamie Axelberg Bethel So. Monticello, Minn.
SS Maris Daleo Carleton So. Stillman Valley, Ill.
SS Alex Ehde St. Catherine Fy. Stillwater, Minn.
SS Anesia King Augsburg Jr. Isanti, Minn. | Cambridge-Isanti
SS Maria Pake Concordia Fy. Felton, Minn. | Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
SS Megan Rubbelke Hamline So. North St. Paul, Minn.
LF Anna Hinderaker St. Catherine Sr. Rosemount, Minn.
CF Julia Carpenter Macalester Jr. Stevensville, Mich. | Lakeshore
CF Tarah DeCroock St. Olaf Fy. Farmington, Minn.
CF Kate Deming Saint Benedict Sr. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson
CF Delaney Kohler Hamline Sr. New Brighton, Minn. | Irondale
CF Anna Lauko Carleton Sr. Whitefish Bay, Wis.
CF Mariah Uphoff Bethel Jr. Lakeville, Minn. | Lakeville South
RF Ally Bode St. Olaf So. Moose Lake, Minn.
RF Dana Connelly St. Thomas Sr. Mendota Heights, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall
UT Mo Burns Saint Benedict Fy. Minneapolis, Minn. | Providence Academy

 2019 MIAC Softball Honorable Mention Team
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
P Amber Chow Saint Mary's So. West St. Paul, Minn. | Henry Sibley
P Megan Gavin Concordia So. Cold Spring, Minn. | ROCORI
P Calli Maki Bethel Fy. Cokato, Minn. | Maple Lake
P Audrey Meade Macalester So. Cedar Hills, Utah | Pleasant Grove
P Ashley Neuenfeldt Gustavus So. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson
P Annabelle Schutte St. Catherine Fy. St. Louis Park, Minn.
C Autumn Mortenson St. Catherine Jr. Cottage Grove, Minn. | Park
2B Mikayla Grant St. Catherine So. Kasson, Minn. | Kasson-Mantorville
SS Olivia McCabe Saint Benedict Fy. Le Center, Minn. | St. Peter
LF Anna O'Connor Hamline Fy. Woodbury, Minn.
CF Amber Montero St. Catherine Jr. Circle Pines, Minn. | Centennial
CF Haley Williams Saint Mary's Jr. Littleton, Colo. | Rock Canyon

 2019 MIAC Softball All-Sportsmanship Team
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
3B Jacquline Nichols Augsburg Sr. Royalton, Minn.
1B Maddie Fauth Bethel Sr. Hutchinson, Minn.
2B Madison Collins Carleton Fy. Elmhurst, Ill. | York Community
RF Nicole Johannes Concordia Sr. Cold Spring, Minn. | ROCORI
C Kenzie Skuza Gustavus Fy. Princeton, Minn.
C Ramsey Hare Hamline Jr. Tigard, Ore.
UT Elena Youngdale Macalester Jr. Minneapolis, Minn. | St. Paul Academy
C Madie Mikolich Saint Benedict Sr. Elk River, Minn. | Rogers
LF Anna Hinderaker St. Catherine Sr. Rosemount, Minn.
P Amber Trendle Saint Mary's Sr. Chicago, Ill. | De La Salle
DP Clare Waddell St. Olaf Jr. Tempe, Ariz. | Tempe Prep Academy
P Hayley Dunning St. Thomas Jr. Littleton, Colo. | Chatfield