Softball Has Three Players Named to MIAC Playoffs All-Tournament Team

Posted on May 11th, 2005 by

Kristin Kunz

Kristin Kunz


Joyce DeWitz

Joyce DeWitz


Julie Mahre

Julie Mahre

The Gustavus softball team had three players named to the all-tournament team after last weekend’s MIAC Post-season tournament. Those players were first-year infielder Julie Mahre (White Bear Lake, Minn.), sophomore pitcher Joyce DeWitz (Good Thunder, Minn.), and junior outfielder Kristin Kunz (Esko, Minn.). The Gusties finished the season at 27-16 overall, third place in the MIAC, and third place at the conference tournament on May 6-7. Gustavus went 1-2 in the league tournament losing twice to Saint Mary’s (3-0, 1-0) and winning once against Hamline (3-1).

Julie Mahre led the Gusties in hitting with a tournament total of 5-for-8 from the plate and scored one of their three runs. Mahre has provided a spark for Gustavus offensively in just her first year on the team. She led the team in stolen bases (10), on-base percentage (.478), batting average (.441), slugging percentage (.598), total bases (76), hits (56), and runs (27). She also contributed in the infield with a .978 fielding percentage.

Joyce DeWitz was a workhorse at the mound for the Gusties this season, pitching 195.1 innings. She went 1-2 at the conference tournament, including 19 innings pitched, 14 strikeouts, and 10 walks. DeWitz led the team in pitching this season with a 1.29 earned run average and finished the season with a 20-11 overall record. She pitched 20 complete games, averaged 5.2 innings per appearance, and averaged a strikeout each inning. DeWitz broke five Gustavus school records and tied an existing milestone. She now leads in most appearances in a season (34), most games started (31), most innings pitched (195.1), most strikeouts (196), and most shutouts (10). She also tied Laura LeVander (1994) for most wins in a single season with 20.

Kristin Kunz turned in a solid performance in right field for the Gusties making two particularly fine plays in the 3-1 win over Hamline that allowed the team to advance to the semifinals against St. Mary’s. A starter in all 34 games in the outfield this season, Kunz has compiled a .967 fielding percentage with 27 putouts, 2 assists, and 1 error in 30 chances.

 

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