Six Luther Softball Players Named 2017 All-Midwest Region

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is proud to announce the 360 players chosen for the 2017 NFCA Division III All-Region softball teams.

As in the past, the squad is comprised of three 15-player teams in each of the country’s eight NCAA regions. First team honorees will advance and now be considered for 2017 All-American honors that will be announced at the National Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 25-30.

No. 3 Luther placed the maximum six players on the Midwest Region (three on the first team and  three on the second team). No. 7 UW-Whitewater (five first, one third) from the Great Lakes Region, No. 13 Kean (three first, three third) from the East Region and unranked Thomas More (three first, two second, one third) from the Central Region were the other three schools with six players selected.

Named first team all-Midwest Region were junior outfielder Ashley Burrows, junior short stop Anna Strien, and sophomore pitcher Samantha Bratland.

Burrows becomes the seventh player in Luther history to be named all-region three times. She was a second team honoree in 2015 and a first time selection in 2016. Both Strien and Bratland are making their second appearance on the all-region team, first time for both as a first team honoree.

Burrows finished the year batting .421 with 20 RBI from the lead-off slot in the order. She set a single season school record for runs scored (57), breaking the old mark of (53) held by Erin Michael (2007) and Shari Huber (2012). She also joined a short list of players (7) in Luther history who did not commit an error for an entire season.

Strien destroyed the Luther record books this season. She set the single season school records for batting average (.531), hits (68) and assists (113). She led the team with 66 RBI, 15 doubles, a slugging percentage of .859 and on-base percentage of .617. Theresa Chantos had held the single season school record for batting average (.505) since 1993. Anna Simonson (2010) and Kelsey Weindruch (2011) shared the school record for hits (66), and Sue Zintz held the school record for assists (109) set in 1991.

Bratland posted a record of 22-4. She had an ERA of 1.28 that included 141 strikeouts in 148 innings pitched. In two years she has moved into Luther's top-10 career pitching records for wins (42-6 - 6th), strike outs (326 - 6th) and innings pitched (286 - 10th). Her ERA of 1.37 ranks seventh all-time.

Second-team honors went to senior outfielder Sara Nelson, senior pitcher Annie Versnik and junior first base Natalie Stockman. This is the first time all three have been named all-region.

Nelson finished third on the team with a batting average of .424. A slapper who batted second, she finished third on the team in runs scored with 50. She also did not commit an error in center field this season and is one of seven Luther players in school history that have recorded a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Versnik was 18-1 in the circle with an ERA of 1.31. She completed her career with a record of 38-3 that ranks seventh for career wins all-time.

Stockman batted .315 and finished second on the team in RBI with 57. She also tallied a fielding percentage of .992 committing just three errors in 354 chances. Her 340 putouts led the team. 

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