For Immediate Release
Softball -- May 6, 2012
Kelli Dunne Named to All-SLIAC First Team
ST. ANN, Mo. – Eureka College junior second baseman Kelli Dunne (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods H.S./Illinois Central) has been selected for the All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team, according to an announcement from SLIAC Commisioner Will Wolper at the conference tournament Friday in St. Ann, Mo. Additionally, the Red Devils received the SLIAC Sportsmanship Award for the second time in the previous three seasons.
Dunne started all 34 games from second base in her debut season for the Red Devils, finishing the campaign with a .350 average, four home runs and 24 runs batted in. She led the Red Devils with 36 hits, six doubles, five triples, four home runs, 64 total bases, a .621 slugging percentage and a .396 on-base percentage. She also compiled 16 runs and eight walks, while her eight strikeouts were the fewest by a Eureka starter in 2012.
She ranked among the SLIAC leaders in batting average (ninth), slugging percentage (fourth), runs batted in (ninth), triples (second), home runs (fifth) and total bases (sixth). Dunne was especially solid during the 16-game SLIAC schedule, posting a .435 batting average (20-for-46).
Defensively, Dunne recorded 65 putouts and 44 assists from second base for a .940 fielding percentage. The three-sport student-athlete joins Tomi Tapper (2010) as Eureka second basemen to earn All-SLIAC First Team honors.
Freshman outfielder Taylor Newby (Lindenhurst, Ill./Lakes H.S.) was chosen as Eureka’s representative on the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. One player from each member school is selected for the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Newby appeared in 12 games for the Red Devils in 2012, including five appearances in the starting lineup. The team Sportsmanship Award allows Eureka (2010, 2012) to join Greenville (2006, 2009) as the only SLIAC softball programs to earn multiple Sportsmanship Awards.
Blackburn outfielder Brianna Markel was selected as the 2012 SLIAC Player of the Year. Regular season champion Fontbonne claimed three individual postseason awards. Kourtney VonBehren was named the SLIAC Pitcher of the Year, Danni Glixman was picked as the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year and Bill Rosner was tabbed as the SLIAC Coach of the Year.
Eureka finished the 2012 season with an 8-26 overall record and a 5-11 SLIAC mark to finish seventh in the final league standings.
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