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June 9, 2010

2010 Season - 2010 SOFTBALL REVIEW

The Vikings went 31-15 in 2010 and made their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in the last seven seasons. Karlee Quaritsch was named the CCIW "Player of the Year" and was a second team NCAA Division III All-American.

Behind an offensive attack that produced three team and two individual school records, the Augustana softball team put together a 31-15 season in 2010 and made their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in the last seven years. Along the way, Viking head coach Kris Kistler won her 300th game at Augustana and senior catcher Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) earned CCIW Player of the Year honors along with second team All-America and third team academic all-region recognition.

Augustana opened the season by winning seven of nine games in Florida, including a 16-0 win over Hiram in which junior third baseman Stephanie Sarb (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.) hit two grand slams, as well as a 2-1 win over second-ranked Ohio Northern. The Vikings returned to the Midwest and earned Kistler her 300th Augustana win with an 8-0 victory over Washington University at the Marriott West Invitational in St. Louis, Mo. Junior pitcher Sheldon Ritzheimer (Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.) fired a one-hitter to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Vikings dropped their final three games of the tournament, but rebounded with 10 straight wins, including a doubleheader sweep of Wheaton to start the CCIW portion of the schedule.

Although Augustana continued to dominate non-conference competition, winning its final 12 regular season games outside the league, the team bounced around the .500 mark in the CCIW. A 9-4 loss to Elmhurst in the first game of an April 24 doubleheader left the Vikings’ record at 24-10 overall, but just 4-5 in the league. They bounced back to win the nightcap though, and also won three of their final four conference games to finish 8-6 and claim the fourth and final spot in the CCIW tournament.

There, the Vikings continued their hot play with wins over regular season champ Carthage and second-seeded North Central to advance to the title game. Third-seeded Illinois Wesleyan needed to defeat Augustana twice to win the tournament and the Titans got the first win by a score of 7-4. In the winner-take-all second game, the Vikings had a 2-0 lead after 3½ innings, but couldn’t maintain it, dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker.

The team’s strong finish was enough to earn it the school’s fourth NCAA tournament appearance in the last seven seasons. The NCAA sent Kistler’s club to Whitewater, Wisconsin for regional play.

The University of Redlands was Augustana’s first round opponent. The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth and looked to be in great shape. Olivia Ellis had retired fifteen straight Vikings after a game-opening walk. However, two walks and an error to start the Augustana sixth brought Quaritsch to the plate with the bases loaded and she delivered a grand slam to give the Vikings a 4-3 lead. The blast was not only the team’s only hit of the game, but also the 31st and final homer of Quaritsch’s record-setting career. Junior Kelli Humbert (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.) shut the Bulldogs out over the final two innings to secure the win.

The Vikings’ tournament run and season ended two days later when they dropped a 9-5 decision to Aurora and a 3-0 setback at the hands of St. Norbert.

Quaritsch was the unquestioned leader of an offense that set school records for runs (269), hits (417) and home runs (42). She led the team with a .409 batting average, 35 runs scored, 54 hits, 11 home runs, 36 RBI, 96 total bases and slugging and on-base percentages of .727 and .470, respectively. The 11 round-trippers tied her own single-season school record and her 31 career homers are a dozen more than anyone else in Augustana history. She ranks high on the career lists in several other categories as well, including second in RBI with 111 and fifth in runs scored with 108. She’s also eighth in hits (157) and doubles (28), ninth in at-bats (418) and tenth in batting (.376).

Sarb, who joined Quaritsch on the All-CCIW first team, was second on the team with 10 home runs—the third-highest season total in school history. She was also third on the team with 32 runs batted in and hit .307. Junior left fielder Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) tied Quaritsch for the team lead in RBI with 36 and hit .354 with seven home runs. She was a second team All-CCIW selection.

Joining Nelson on the all-conference second team were seniors Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.) and

Missy Fobert (Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.). Rosin, a shortstop, set school records for at-bats in a season (157) and

career (531). She hit .331 with four homers and 27 RBI. She scored 31 runs and stole nine bases as well. Fobert, the Vikings’ center fielder, hit .379 with five homers and 24 RBI. She scored 24 runs, had seven stolen bases in as many attempts and shared the team’s “Best Defensive Player” award with Sarb.

Senior designated player Brittany Snoreck (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) hit .278 with one homer, 21 RBI and 12 doubles, finishing an outstanding career that saw her rank in the school’s top ten in six statistical categories. She was second in doubles (40), fourth in RBI (94), fifth in at-bats (470), seventh in walks (44), ninth in hits (156) and 10th in home runs (10). She was a .332 career hitter.

Other key offensive contributors included freshman Jessica Peterson (Marian Catholic HS, Lansing, Ill.), who hit .351 with nine stolen bases and senior Andi Walker (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.), with whom she split time at second base. Walker hit .304 with two homers and 13 RBI. Sophomore first baseman Christina Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.) hit .347 with 10 doubles, three triples and 14 RBI and junior outfielder Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) hit .302 and led the team with 11 stolen bases.

Ritzheimer led the Viking pitching staff, going 12-5 with a 2.47 earn run average. She led the team in wins, starts (19), innings pitched (93 2/3) and strikeouts (55). Sophomore Erica Aten (Moline HS, Coal Valley, Ill.) was 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA and a team-high four complete games. Humbert led the Vikings with 23 appearances, four saves and a 2.16 ERA. The staff was rounded out by junior Rachel Perry (Illinois Valley Central HS, Chillicothe, Ill.) (3-1, 3.07) and senior Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.) (6-3, 3.39). Despite battling injuries as a senior, Gill finished her career 22-12 with a 2.51 ERA, ranking 10th on Augustana’s career wins list.

This season was Kistler’s 11th at Augustana and her record at the school now stands at 323-156-2 (.674), including 102-52 (.662) in CCIW play.

2010 CCIW SOFTBALL STANDINGS

TEAM

CCIW-W

CCIW-L

CCIW PCT

Overall W

Overall L

Overall PCT

Carthage

10

4

.714

25

15

.625

North Central

9

5

.643

32

14

.696

Illinois Wesleyan

9

5

.643

33

16

.673

AUGUSTANA

8

6

.571

31

15

.674

Elmhurst

7

7

.500

22

16

.579

Millikin

5

9

.357

24

16

.600

Wheaton

5

9

.357

21

19

.525

North Park

3

11

.214

19

18

.514

CCIW TOURNAMENT

Saturday, May 8
#2 North Central 5, #3 Illinois Wesleyan 0; #4 Augustana 9, #1 Carthage 3; Illinois Wesleyan 4, Carthage 0 ; Augustana 6, North Central 1

Sunday, May 9
Illinois Wesleyan 11, North Central 5; Illinois Wesleyan 7, Augustana 4; Illinois Wesleyan 3, Augustana 2; Illinois Wesleyan wins CCIW Tournament

2010 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Karlee Quaritsch, third team

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER/NFCA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Karlee Quaritsch, 2nd team

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER/NFCA ALL-GREAT LAKES REGION: Karlee Quaritsch, 1st team…Stephanie Sarb, 2nd team

CCIW PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Karlee Quaritsch

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: 1st team – Karlee Quaritsch, C...Stephanie Sarb, 3B...2nd team – Chrissy Rosin, SS…Missy Fobert, OF…Melissa Nelson, OF.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Batting Average – Karlee Quaritsch (.489)...Hits – Karlee Quaritsch (22)...Home Runs – Karlee Quaritsch (5)...Total Bases – Karlee Quaritsch (38).

CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Batting Average (.314)…Slugging Percentage (.465)...Runs Scored (63)...Hits (125)...Runs Batted In (59)...Home Runs (14)...Total Bases (185)...At-Bats (398)...Stolen Bases (13)...Steal Attempts (16)...Fewest Doubles Allowed (8)...Fewest Triple Allowed (0)...Double Plays (8).

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Karlee Quaritsch

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Karlee Quaritsch

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Missy Fobert, Stephanie Sarb

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Andi Walker, Jessica Coons

VIKING AWARD: Andi Walker, Ashley Mulligan

SCHOOL RECORD: Career Home Runs – 31, Karlee Quaritsch...extends her own record which stood at 20 entering the season.

SCHOOL RECORD: Career At-bats – 531, Chrissy Rosin...breaks the previous record of 527 by Samantha Knox (2004-07).

SCHOOL RECORD: Single-season Home Runs – 11, Karlee Quaritsch...ties her own record set in 2008.

SCHOOL RECORD: Single-season At-bats – 157, Chrissy Rosin...breaks the previous record of 151 by Erin Daniels in 2004.

SCHOOL RECORD: Team Single-season Runs Scored – 269...breaks previous record of 249 in 2009.

SCHOOL RECORD: Team Single-season Hits – 417...breaks previous record of 399 in 2009.

SCHOOL RECORD: Team Single-season Home Runs – 42...breaks previous record of 35 in 2007.

TOP 10 CAREER ADDITIONS: At-bats – Chrissy Rosin, 1st with 531; Brittany Snoreck, 5th with 470 and Karlee Quaritsch, 9th with 418...Runs Scored – Chrissy Rosin, 3rd with 116 and Karlee Quaritsch, 5th with 108...Hits – Chrissy Rosin, 4th with 178; Karlee Quaritsch, 8th with 157 and Brittany Snoreck, 9th with 156...Doubles – Brittany Snoreck, 2nd with 40; Chrissy Rosin, 7th with 29; Karlee Quaritsch, 8th with 28 and Melissa Nelson, 10th with 24...Home Runs – Karlee Quaritsch, 1st with 31; Stephanie Sarb, 4th with 13; Missy Fobert and Melissa Nelson, 7th with 11 and Brittany Snoreck, 10th with 10...RBI – Karlee Quaritsch, 2nd with 111; Brittany Snoreck, 4th with 94; Melissa Nelson, 7th with 76 and Chrissy Rosin, 8th with 75...Walks – Chrissy Rosin, 3rd with 49 and Brittany Snoreck, 7th with 44...Stolen Bases – Chrissy Rosin, 8th with 43...Batting Average – Karlee Quaritsch, 10th at .376...Wins – Sheldon Ritzheimer, 9th with 23 and Jackie Gill, 10th with 22...Strikeouts – Sheldon Ritzheimer, 8th with 170...ERA – Sheldon Ritzheimer, 9th at 2.41.

TOP 10 SINGLE SEASON ADDITIONS: At-bats – Chrissy Rosin, 1st with 157; Melissa Nelson, 3rd with 147 and Stephanie Sarb, 10th with 137...Runs – Karlee Quaritsch, 10th with 35...Hits – Karlee Quaritsch, 6th with 54...Doubles – Brittany Snoreck, 6th with 12...Home Runs – Karlee Quaritsch, 1st with 11; Stephanie Sarb, 3rd with 10 and Melissa Nelson, 8th with 7...RBI – Karlee Quaritsch and Melissa Nelson, 4th with 36 and Stephanie Sarb, 9th with 32.