May 9, 2013

Whitehead earns third POY honor, 6 recognized


Jennifer Whitehead headlined a list of seven players who were honored for outstanding campaigns as the all-Midwest Collegiate Conference softball teams were announced.
Whitehead was picked as the league’s Pitcher of the Year, while second baseman Molly Miller and left fielder Bri Zerley joined her on the first team.
Four other Statesmen players earned honorable mentions as well, including center fielder Ashlee Dennis, third baseman K.C. Routos, pitcher Carly Landand utility player Jessica Christensen.
A total of 18 players were named to the MCC’s first team, while an additional 19 collected honorable mentions.
Whitehead, who has now won the POY honor all three years of her career (fifth for William Penn since joining the MCC), led the MCC in most pitching categories. While her 15-10 record was not as strong as past seasons, she was still a tremendous staff ace for William Penn (32-21, 12-8 MCC). The junior, who owned a 1.74 earned run average, appeared in 30 games (26 starts) and recorded 24 complete games (four shutouts) in 173 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw struck out 183 batters against 49 walks, while opponents hit just .199 against her.
Entering last week’s conference tournament, she led the league in ERA, innings, appearances, starts, complete games, strikeouts and opponent batting average. She was named MCC Pitcher of the Week three times.
Miller notched her third all-MCC laurel (all first team) by pacing the William Penn offense. The senior hit .395 (68-for-172) with eight doubles, one triple, 33 runs scored and 25 RBI. She posted a .453 slugging percentage and a team-high .441 on-base clip (11 BB, 3 HBP). Miller, who had a nine-game hitting streak earlier in the year, earned one MCC POW accolade this spring.
Zerley made quite an impact in her first year sporting the Statesmen. The sophomore hit .315 (47-for-149) with 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs, a team-best 30 RBI and 25 run scored. Zerley, who had a six-game hitting streak, owned a .477 slugging percentage and a .364 on-base clip (7 BB, 6 HBP).

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