MADISON, S.D. - Four Dakota State softball players were selected to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.)/Frontier Softball All-Conference team, announced on Monday. They are Brittany Hill, Elizabeth Rubalcava, Audrey Lorenz and Samantha Deen.
Hill, a sophomore third baseman, earned her second straight All-Conference selection. She produced a new DSU single season school record batting average of .500. She was 59-for-118 at the plate with 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs. She amassed a total of 39 runs batted in (RBIs). Hill recorded a slugging percentage of .720 and her on-base percentage was .512.
According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Hill ranks third in the nation in hits per game (1.7) and batting average (.500). She is 19th in the nation in doubles per game (0.4), 22nd in total bases per game (2.5) and 26th in RBIs per game (1.1).
Hill amassed a total of 143 chances, 101 put-outs and 32 assists in 34 games this season. She had a fielding percentage of .930 this season.
Brittany is the daughter of Rod and Laurie Hill of Chino, Calif.
Rubalcava, a freshman catcher, recorded a batting average of .383 with 44 hits and a slugging percentage of .565 in 115 at-bats. She had 13 doubles, four triples and produced 33 RBIs. She recorded 24 runs. Her on-base percentage was .427 this season.
Defensively, Rubalcava had 211 chances, 187 put-outs and 21 assists. She recorded a fielding percentage of .986, which is the second fielding percentage in a single season in the DSU softball record book.
Rubalcava ranks 19th in the nation in doubles per game (0.4). She is 26th in the nation in triples per game (0.1) and 36th in total triples (4).
Elizabeth is the daughter of Jesus and Monica Rubalcava of Pomona, Calif.
Lorenz, a sophomore outfielder, had 46 hits (16th in the nation in hits per game with an average of 1.5 hits) in 107 plate appearances and scored 34 times for the Trojans. She had nine doubles, one triple and one home run with 20 RBIs. She produced a slugging percentage of .561 and swiped nine bases this season.
Lorenz ranks 22nd in the nation in runs scored per game (1.1). She recorded a .500 on-base percentage for the Trojans.
Audrey is the daughter of Dave and Antoinette Lorenz of Loveland, Colo.
Deen, a junior pitcher, was selected as an All-Conference in the designated player position. She had a batting average of .320 with 24 hits in 75 at-bats. She recorded six doubles and two home runs with a slugging percentage of .480. She had 13 RBIs.
On the pitching mound, Deen produced an earned runs average of 3.84 with a 5-3 pitching record in 16 appearances. She struck out 54 batters in 58 1/3 innings of work. Deen recorded a new DSU school record 14 strikeouts in a 4-1 road victory over Presentation (S.D.) on April 26.
Samantha is the daughter of Phil and Lisa Deen of Afton, Mo.
Below is the list of A.I.I./Frontier Softball All-Conference team in each position:
2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.)/Frontier All-Conference Team:
|Elizabeth Rubalcava||C||Pomona, Calif.||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|Kristi Michaud||C||Victoria, B.C., Canada||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Janelle Spear||C||Spokane, Wash.||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Courtney Priddle||1B||Long Beach, Calif.||Mayville State (N.D.)|
|Monique Yslas||2B||Garden Grove, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Alex Vargas||SS||Riverside, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Brittany Hill||3B||Chino, Calif.||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|Audrey Lorenz||OF||Loveland, Colo.||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|Justeena Guitierrez||OF||Kiaser, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Sarah Heinemann||OF||North Battleford, Sask., Canada||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Courtney Van Den Busche||OF||Portage la Prairie, Man., Canada||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Samantha Deen||DP||Afton, Mo.||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|Janelle LaRont||UTIL||San Jose, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Taysia Kaufman||P||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Keely Van Blaricom||P||Southey, Sask., Canada||Great Falls (Mont.)|
|Rebecca Lopez||At-Large||San Jose, Calif.||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|Rachel Ivelia||At-Large||Snohomish, Wash.||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Kate Johnson||At-Large||Victoria, B.C., Canada||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Alex Lowry||At-Large||Great Falls, Mont.||Great Falls (Mont.)|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director