Gustavus Adolphus College softball players Julie Mahre (Sr., Lino Lakes, Minn./White Bear Lake), Rachael Click (Jr., Rochester, Minn./Mayo), and Emily Klein (Jr., Red Wing, Minn.) have been named to All-MIAC Softball team released by the conference office Monday, May 12. Callie Nelsen (So., Willmar, Minn.) and Emily Wendorff (Fy., Prior Lake, Minn./Lakeville South) were tabbed as honorable mention All-MIAC selections, while Erin Ge (Sr., Shorewood, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) was named to the Softball All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Julie Mahre, one of three Gustavus softball players to be a four-time All-MIAC selection, started all 38 games at second base this season. Mahre was second in the MIAC in runs scored (25) and RBI (28), tied for fourth in total bases (54) and finished fifth in slugging percentage (.771). She led the team in overall runs scored (49) and doubles (19), which set new single season records. Mahre finished second on the squad in batting average (.455), hits (55), and RBI (39). She is the all-time leader at Gustavus in runs scored (165), hits (214), total bases (347) and home runs (22).
Rachael Click, a three-time all-conference pick at shortstop, started all 38 games for the Gusties this past season. She finished first in the MIAC with 66 total bases, tied for first in hits (36), finished second in batting average (.563), slugging percentage (1.031) and third in on-base percentage (.600), runs scored (24) and RBI (27). Click knocked out team-highs in triples (3) and home runs (10). She set new single season records in slugging percentage (1.055), batting average (.560), RBI (50), and total bases (115).
Emily Klein, who was named an honorable mention pick last season, started 37 games in center field for the Gusties. On the year, Klein compiled a .364 batting average, 39 hits, 29 runs, and 10 doubles. Against MIAC opponents, Klein finished tied for second in the conference with 11 stolen bases. She tallied 14 stolen bases overall in 2008 to bring her career total to 47 stolen bases, which ranks third all-time.
Callie Nelsen led the Gusties in the circle, posting a 12-3 record with eight complete games. She posted a 2.58 earned run average and struck out 71 in 80 1/3 innings of work overall. In league play, Nelsen finished third among MIAC pitchers in earned run average (1.58), opposing batting average (.206), and runs allowed (15).
Emily Wendorff started 33 of 36 games played this season at first base. Wendorff hit .337 with 32 hits, eight doubles and 25 RBI in 95 at bats. She also posted a .989 fielding percentage from her position, committing only two errors in 184 opportunities. Wendorff also recorded one RBI in nine consecutive games over the course of the season.
Erin Ge started the first eight games of the season before breaking her ankle during the Gusties’ spring break trip to Arizona. Prior to her injury, Ge was batting .400 with six hits and seven RBI in 15 at bats.
Gustavus finished 30-8 overall, posting 30 wins for the third consecutive season en route to a second place finish in the MIAC (18-4). The Gusties set single season school records for doubles with 88 (old record was 64), batting average with .348 (old record was .338), runs batted in with 241 (old record was 217), and shutouts with 15 (old record was 13).