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Softball - Mon, May. 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) had landed seven selections to the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Softball All-Conference First Team, announced Monday afternoon.  They are Brittany Hill, Elizabeth Rubalcava, Lexy Miller, Samantha Mitchell, Stephanie Sandoval, Rachel Hughes and Erica Belter.

The 2014 NSAA All-Conference First Team consists of 21 selections, including nine at-large selections voted by the league's coaches.

Hill (first base), Rubalcava (catcher) and Miller (outfield) each received All-Conference First Team by positions.  Four freshmen – Mitchell, Sandoval, Hughes and Belter – received At-Large selection to the NSAA All-Conference First Team.

Hill, who started all games this season, earned All-Conference selection for her third consecutive year for the Trojans.  During the 2014 season, she was 51-for-138 at the plate (.370 batting average) with 11 doubles, 2 triples and 5 home runs.  Hill drove in 35 runs and amassed a total of 81 total bases for a slugging percentage of .587.  She scored 23 runs.

Defensively, Hill recorded 375 chances and 354 put-outs.  She had 11 assists and just committed 10 errors for a fielding percentage of .973.  According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, she ranks ninth in the nation in chances per game (8.5).  She also ranks No. 12 in putouts per game (8.0), 16th in total putouts (354) and 17th in total chances.

Brittany is the daughter of Rod and Laurie Hill of Chino, Calif.  She is a junior at Dakota State University.

Rubalcava was named to All-Conference for her second straight season at DSU.  She started in all games for the Trojans with a batting average of .291.  She had 39 hits in 134 plate appearances, including nine doubles, five triples and two home runs.  Rubalcava registered 29 RBIs and 64 total bases with a slugging percentage of .478.  She scored 27 times this season.

Rubalcava ranks 27th in the nation in total triples (5) and 36th in triples per game (0.1).  She recorded a fielding percentage of .984 with 191 chances, 160 putouts, 28 assists and just committed 3 defensive errors for the Trojans.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Jesus and Monica Rubalcava of Pomona, Calif.  She is a sophomore Exercise Science major at DSU.

Miller was named to All-Conference outfielder for the first time at Dakota State.  She was 32-for-97 at the plate for a batting average of .330 this season.  She had a double and triple and recorded a slugging percentage of .361.  She recorded 12 RBIs and 7 sacrifice hits.

Miller was near perfect in stolen bases situation for the Trojans.  She swiped 17 times in 18 attempts.  She had a fielding percentage of .934 with 61 chances, 53 putouts and 4 assists.

Lexy is the daughter of Dana and Moira Miller of Victoria, B.C. Canada.  She is a junior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.

Mitchell, who play shortstop for the Trojans, led the team with a batting average of .412 this season.  She was 47-for-114 at the plate, drove in 37 runs (also led the team in RBIs), scored 30 times and earned 96 total bases.  She smashed 11 home runs, 6 doubles and 5 triples for a slugging percentage of .842. 

Mitchell ranks 11th in the nation in slugging percentage and 21st in home runs per game (0.3).  She also ranks 27th in the nation in total triples.  She is 31st in total bases per game (2.3), total home runs and triples per game (0.1).  She was successful in all 17 stolen bases attempts. 

Mitchell accumulated a total of 98 assists.  She is 37th in the nation in assists per game with an average of 2.4 assists.

Samantha is the daughter of Matthew and Chelease DeBartolo of Buckley, Wash.  She majors in Exercise Science at Dakota State.

Sandoval, who played both infield and outfield for the Trojans, was .274 batting average at the plate with 26 hits in 95 plate appearances (started 36 games).  She had five doubles, a triple and a home run with a slugging percentage of .379.  Sandoval collected 11 RBIs and scored 20 runs for DSU.  She was 11-for-12 in stolen bases. 

Stephanie is the daughter of Joseph and Laura Sandoval of Pomona, Calif.

Hughes was an outfielder, pitcher and designated player for Dakota State this season.  In 42 games this season, she was 24-for-95 with seven doubles and two triples (.253 batting average).  She produced a total of 17 RBIs.  She scored 11 runs.

In the circle, Hughes produced a 6-7 record with an earned run average (ERA) of 4.16 to lead the Trojans.  She made 19 pitching appearances, starting 10 games and pitched four complete games with one shutout.  Hughes gave up 76 runs (31 unearned runs) on 103 hits in 75 2/3 innings of work.  She recorded 43 strikeouts and held its opponents' batting average to .298.

Rachel is the daughter of Don and Colleen Hughes of Sioux Falls.  She majors in Math Education at DSU.

Belter, an outfield for the Trojans, led the team and NSAA conference with 26 stolen bases.  She ranks 37th in the nation in total stolen bases.  As a lead-off hitter for Dakota State, Belter was 39-for-137 at the plate (.285 batting average) with a double and triple.  Belter had 42 total bases (.307 slugging percentage) and drove in 9 runs.

Belter is the daughter of Jerry and Donna Belter of Savage, Minn.  She majors in Exercise Science at DSU.

Dakota State finished their 2014 season with a third-place, top NSAA place-finisher, in the NAIA Softball Unaffiliated NSAA/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament in Jamestown, N.D.  The Trojans were 2-2 record in the postseason qualifying tournament, including a 3-2 upset to NSAA regular-season champion Valley City State (N.D.).

Below is the complete list of the first-ever NSAA Softball All-Conference Team:

2014 North Star Athletic Association Softball All-Conference Team

Position

Name

School

Year

1B

Brittany Hill

Dakota State (S.D.)

Junior

2B

Katie Cameron

Valley City State (N.D.)

Sophomore

3B

Liz Hall-Sewell

Valley City State (N.D.)

Senior

SS

Brenda Botzenhart

Presentation (S.D.)

Junior

C

Elizabeth Rubalcava

Dakota State (S.D.)

Sophomore

UTIL

Hattie Fullmer

Jamestown (N.D.)

Senior

DP

Cejay Hilhorst

Valley City State (N.D.)

Sophomore

OF

Courtney Van den Bussche

Jamestown (N.D.)

Senior

OF

Samantha Swimley

Mayville State (N.D.)

Senior

OF

Lexy Miller

Dakota State (S.D.)

Junior

OF

Savannah McMillin

Valley City State (N.D.)

Junior

P

Emily Snow

Jamestown (N.D.)

Senior

At-Large

Brittany Lehner

Valley City State (N.D.)

Senior

At-Large

Samantha Mitchell

Dakota State (S.D.)

Freshman

At-Large

Shelby Anderson

Presentation (S.D.)

Sophomore

At-Large

Stephanie Sandoval

Dakota State (S.D.)

Freshman

At-Large

Rachel Hughes

Dakota State (S.D.)

Freshman

At-Large

Hailey Haukeli

Presentation (S.D.)

Junior

At-Large

Sydney Larson

Presentation (S.D.)

Freshman

At-Large

Kassidy Rauch

Presentation (S.D.)

Junior

At-Large

Erica Belter

Dakota State (S.D.)

Freshman

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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