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May 7, 2009

2009 Season - Three Vikings named to all-region softball team

Three Augustana softball players were named to the all-region team in the Great Lakes Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, it was announced today. Juniors Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) and Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) and sophomore Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) were the honored Vikings.

Snoreck was a first team selection at catcher while Quaritsch made the second team at third base. Kernich was an at-large choice on the third team. Quaritsch was a third team all-region pick a year ago while Snoreck and Kernich are making their first appearances on the squad.

Snoreck led the team in batting this year with a .410 average as she collected 50 hits in 122 at-bats with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 runs-batted-in. She was also tops on the team in slugging percentage with a mark of .656. She is now tied for sixth on the single season list for doubles and tied for seventh in home runs. She moved into fourth place on the single season RBI list.

Quaritsch hit .358 with 49 hits in 137 at-bats and was the leader in power production for the Blue & Gold. She led the team in home runs with nine and in runs-batted-in with 38. She smacked nine doubles and stole nine bases. She holds the Augustana school record for career home runs with 20 and is fifth in career RBI with 75.

Kernich, who started 31 games in right field, batted .400 with 38 hits in 95 at-bats with 20 runs scored, one double, one triple, three RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Earlier this week Snoreck, Quaritsch and Kernich were named first team all-conference in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the second consecutive season.

Augustana finished the 2009 campaign with a fine 28-14 record under the direction of veteran head coach Kris Kistler. This is the 10th consecutive season that the Vikings have compiled at least 23 victories.