TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team landed five players on the 2014 All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team, as voted by the league’s nine head coaches.
Four – senior catcher Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne, Ind./R Nelson Snider), junior shortstop Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lakewood Park Christian), sophomore second baseman Marissa Stout (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) and junior centerfielder Jessica Ahlborn (Houghton, Mich./Houghton) were named to the all-HCAC second team for their efforts, while senior third baseman Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan) was named as an honorable mention.
The Engineers finished 19-16 overall and 10-6 in the HCAC to earn third place in the regular season standings and capture a spot in the HCAC Tournament for the first time since 2008. The 19 wins were the most since the 2008 season and RHIT finished with a winning record for the first time since 2010. Rose-Hulman was picked to finish eighth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Bowman finished her career at Rose-Hulman second in school history in both games played (144) and games started (143). She batted .333 this season with 34 hits, nine doubles, nine RBI and one home run and struck out just five times in 102 at-bats. Behind the plate, she finished the year with a .973 fielding percentage.
Heibel, who was also one of the league’s top pitchers with a 12-6 mark and a 2.03 ERA, made the squad as a shortstop, batting .322 with 37 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, five home runs, one triple and 20 RBI. Already RHIT’s all-time career leader in home runs (14), Heibel carried a .565 slugging percentage and a .965 fielding average. She was named the HCAC Pitcher of the Week twice and the HCAC Hitter of the Week once for her efforts throughout the 2014 season.
Stout finished as the team’s leader at the plate, batting a squad-best .370 with 34 hits, 15 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs, a triple and a team-best 26 RBI. Her slugging percentage (.598) and on-base percentage (.435) were also team-bests, and she was walked 13 times, striking out only six times all year.
Ahlborn was third on the squad in batting average, batting .325 with 37 hits, 21 runs scored, eight doubles, five home runs and three triples. She carried a slugging percentage of .579 and led the team in walks with 15, which helped contribute to her .400 on-base percentage. Ahlborn also led the team in steals, as she was a perfect 6-for-6 on the base paths. She was named to the HCAC All-Tournament team for her efforts, which included two home runs during the Engineers’ run to the semifinals.
Martinek finished as the Engineers’ all-time career leader in both games played (145) and games started (144). She hit .264 in 2014 with 29 hits, five doubles and seven RBI and scored 17 runs. Martinek carried a fielding percentage of .923 at third base, accounting for 60 assists and 36 putouts.
Anderson junior shortstop Nichole Frazier and sophomore pitcher Sami Frazier were named the 2014 HCAC Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, after the Ravens made their run to their fourth-straight tournament title. Head Coach Tony Holloway earned his fourth-straight Coach of the Year award and Franklin College freshman outfielder Megan Lalioff was selected as the Freshman of the Year to wrap up the league’s special awards.
Stout was also selected to the HCAC’s All-Sportsmanship Team for the Fightin’ Engineers.