Stang three-peats as top WIAC pitcher
Jessica Stang has put three strikes across the plate many times in her UW-Whitewater softball career.
The lefty starter has registered another “three-strike” call in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason honors.
Stang was the WIAC first-team all-conference pitcher for the third straight season.
Stang was joined on the first team by teammates Lauren Rankins, third base; Amanda Mertes, oufielder, and Emily Epifanio, catcher.
Stang has a 19-5 record and a 1.53 ERA while leading the Warhawks into the NCAA Division III tournament. She has struck out 188 in 150 2/3 innings.
The senior from Minnetonka, Minn., earned WIAC Pitcher of the Year recognition in 2008 and 2009.
Rankins is a senior third baseman who hit .377 with 43 hits. She had one homer and drove in 25. Her fielding percentage at third base was .976.
Epifanio, a sophomore, is hitting .294 with 37 hits. She has nine homers and driven in 34. Her fielding percentage behind the plate is .988.
Mertes is a sophomore outfielder who is hitting .411. She has 37 hits and has stolen 17 bases in 18 attempts. She has not committed an error.
Freshman Mimi Ramirez earned honorable mention as a second baseman/outfielder. She is hitting .390 with 39 hits and has 10 stolen bases.
2011 All-WIAC Softball
1B—Jess Freagon, Eau Claire, jr.; Ashley Goettl, River Falls, soph.; Katie Keyes, La Crosse, jr.
2B—Aleisha Harper, Eau Claire, jr.
SS—Jenna Ahnen, La Crosse, sr.; Sydnee Wyss, Oshkosh, sr.
3B—Emily Haluska, Eau Claire, soph.; Kalli Kucharyski, Superior, sr.; Lauren Rankins, Whitewater, sr.
OF— Sara Baumgartner, Eau Claire, sr.; Kelly Conway, Stout, sr.; Amanda Mertes, Whitewater, soph.; Amanda Ryder, River Falls, soph.; Taylor VanDamme, Superior, jr.
OF/DH—Elyse Nelson, Stevens Point, Sr.
C—Emily Epifanio, Whitewater, soph.; Ashley Martin, Superior, jr.
C/DH—Jamie Braden, Oshkosh, sr.
LHP—Jessica Stang, Whitewater, sr.
RHP—Rose Tusa, River Falls, jr.
1B—Lindsay Garay, Superior, soph.
1B/DH—Katie Krueger, Stevens Point, soph.
2B—Hayley Buchanan, River Falls, soph.; Sammy Peterson, Stout, jr.; Natalie Stoll,
La Crosse, jr.
2B/OF—Mimi Ramirez, Whitewater, fr.
SS—Dana Book, River Falls, sr.
3B—Kelsey Golackson, La Crosse, sr.; Colleen Lowe, Platteville, soph.; Katie Shulfer, Stevens Point, soph.
OF—Kimberly Liegel, Stevens Point, sr.
C—Katie Pietrowiak, La Crosse, sr.
RHP—Amanda LeBard, Superior, jr.; Courtney Wautier, Oshkosh, soph.
LHP—Lacey Probst, La Crosse, jr.
1B/DH—Kaity Acker, Eau Claire, Sr.
Inf.—Jena Ansorge, Stevens Point, Soph.
SS—Dana Book, River Falls, Sr.
OF—Kelly Conway, Stout, Sr.; Haley Krueger, Whitewater, sr.; Ashlee Olson, Superior, jr.; Rachel Weyer, La Crosse, sr.
C—Samantha Niemann, Platteville, sr.
RHP—Courtney Wautier, Oshkosh, soph.
Position Player of the Year: Jenna Ahnen,
Pitcher of the Year: Rose Tusa, River Falls
Coach of the Year: Jody Gabriel, River Falls
Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete: Jessica Stang, Whitewater