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Olivet Nazarene's Emily Carstens was named the CCAC Softball Player of the Year on Thursday.
Olivet Nazarene's Emily Carstens was named the CCAC Softball Player of the Year on Thursday.
Softball - Thu, May 4, 2017

CHICAGO --- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season softball champion University of St. Francis came away with the most hardware, including three of the top four individual prizes, when the league office announced its 2017 postseason honors Thursday afternoon in conjunction with the start of the conference tournament.

USF came away with a league-high six spots in the all-conference lineup, which was made up of 18 members on both the first and second teams.  The Saints also registered the most first-team selections with four.

Cardinal Stritch University was next in line with five honorees.  The Wolves were one of five teams to boast a pair of first-team choices, along with Judson University, Olivet Nazarene University, Purdue University Northwest and St. Ambrose University.

Both Olivet Nazarene and Purdue Northwest scored four places on the all-league teams, split evenly between the two squads.  Judson and Saint Xavier University collected three spots each with Calumet College of St. Joseph, Robert Morris University Illinois, St. Ambrose and Trinity Christian College all having two players selected. 

Indiana University South Bend, Roosevelt University and Trinity International University gained one spot each to complete the list of 36 honorees, which had representation from each of the 13 softball-playing institutions.

Of the 18 members named to the first team, four were repeat selections, including Cardinal Stritch senior shortstop Brittney Blazich (Bristol, Wis.), who was voted to the first team for the third consecutive year.  The other three were juniors Morghan Dieringer (New Lenox, Ill.) and Ally Balandis (Burbank, Ill.) from St. Francis and sophomore third baseman Morgan Krieger (Plainfield, Ill.) from St. Ambrose.

Dieringer added to her honors when she was recognized as the CCAC Pitcher of the Year.  She either led or tied for the league lead in five statistical categories with her 20 wins (against only four losses), four saves, 0.93 earned run average, 197 strikeouts and .189 opponents' batting average.  She was second in innings pitched with 158 2/3.

Joining Dieringer among the league's elite was teammate Kayla Garcia (Chicago, Ill.), who claimed CCAC Freshman of the Year honors.  The first baseman also found her name among the top leaders in multiple categories, including her No. 1 billings in on base percentage (.525) and walks (25) and runner-up distinction in home runs (11) and slugging percentage (.768).  She also placed fourth in total bases (96), tied for fourth in runs batted in (45) and eighth in batting average (.408).   

A dual threat, Olivet Nazarene's Emily Carstens (Peotone, Ill.) captured CCAC Player of the Year honors for getting it done both at the plate and on the mound.  The sophomore pitcher/shortstop battled both Dieringer and Garcia for many of the top offensive and mound numbers.  As a pitcher, her 111 strikeouts and 17 wins (opposite just four losses) were right behind Dieringer's league-leading numbers.  Carstens was also fourth in both earned run average (1.71) and limiting opponents to a .224 batting average and seventh in innings pitched (131 1/3 innings).

Offensively, she turned in the second-best slugging percentage (.513) and the third-best batting average (.430), while also rating tied for third in walks (22).  She also tied for fifth in runs scored (41), tied for seventh in hits (55) and was ninth in slugging percentage at .602.

The final individual honor went to USF fifth-year head coach Amanda Jensen, who was named the CCAC Coach of the Year after notching her first conference regular-season title and the first in the program since 2001.  The Saints are currently ranked No. 11 in the nation.

Calumet St. Joseph claimed the final honor, being named the CCAC Champions of Character Team award winner.

For the complete list of award winners, go to Awards.