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May 5, 2014

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Grenadiers sweep KIAC postseason awards

Lucas named Player of the Year, Leanhart is Pitcher of the Year, Witten earns Coach of the Year

BEREA, Ky. — KIAC officials released the softball All-Conference Team, plus Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year awards Monday.

Indiana University Southeast freshman Shelby Lucas was named the KIAC Player of the Year. Lucas ranked near the top among conference leaders in several statistical categories. She was first in hits (58), first in triples (10), fourth in batting average (.439), fifth in slugging percentage (.674), second in runs scored (40) and fith in runs batted in (36). Her 10 triples was also tops in the nation.

Indiana University Southeast freshman Jessica Leanhart was named the KIAC Pitcher of the Year. Leanhart ranked near the top in several KIAC statistical categories. The Grenadier freshman was first in earned run average (2.23), first in wins (18), second in opposition batting average (.224), second in strike outs (126). Leanhart was also named Pitcher of the Week six times this season. Her 18 wins tied the IU Southeast single-season record set by Kayla Duke in 2012.

Third baseman Jordan Batliner was named to the All-KIAC team for the second year in a row and Jenna Swain was named to the team for the third straight season. Batliner leads the team with seven home runs and Jenna Swain’s opposing batting average of .188 ranks No. 18 in the country.

Indiana University Southeast head coach Joe Witten was named the KIAC coach of the year for the second-straight year. Witten led the Grenadiers to a first-place finish in the KIAC regular season. IU Southeast finished the regular season 37-10 overall and 25-3 in conference play. The Grenadiers entered the conference tournament as the top seed and finished the tournament 4-0 to claim the tournament championship.

The Grenadiers advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, which is scheduled for May 12-14.

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