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January 21, 2011

2011 Season - 2011 SOFTBALL PREVIEW

The Vikings went 31-15 in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament for the fourth time in the last seven years.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois &
Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Dr. Craig Van Sandt
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

SOFTBALL HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1976
TOTAL OVERALL RECORD: 645-493-2 (.567)
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN
OVERALL CCIW CHAMPIONS: 2004-06
CCIW TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 2004-06, 07
REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: 1996-04-06
NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS: 1996-04-06-07-10
ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS FOR
WOMEN (AIAW) STATE CHAMPIONS: 1980
ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS FOR
WOMEN (AIAW) MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONS:
1980 - 1981
AIAW NATIONAL PLACE FINISHES: 1980 - 3rd;
1981 – 8th; 1982 - 5th

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
DAVE WRATH'S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath,
Sports Information Director,
Carver PE Center, Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Kris Kistler...12th year at Augustana College and 13th year overall as college head coach…She has compiled a record of 323-156-2 (.674) in her first 11 years with the Vikings…Prior to coming to Augustana she spent one year at Plattsburg State in Plattsburgh, New York where she began the school’s program and posted a record of 9-10 in 1999…Her overall collegiate record is 332-166-2 (.666).
KISTLER’S OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7529
ASSISTANT COACHES: Dave Hebblen, John Brokaw, Leann Barber, Sara Brokaw

TEAM INFORMATION
2010 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings went 31-15 and 8-6 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin…They finished fourth in the CCIW regular season and second in  the conference tournament…Augustana has won at least 23 games for 11 consecutive seasons and have a record of 217-92 (.702) over the past six years.
2010 STARTERS RETURNING: Four position players, one pitcher
2010 STARTERS LOST: Five position players, two pitchers
2010 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: Nine
2010 LETTERWINNERS LOST: Nine

KEY LOSSES:

Missy Fobert (Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.),OF...2010: 2nd team All-CCIW... Augustana co-Defensive Player of the Year...Hit .379 with five home runs and 24 RBI...2009: 2nd team All-CCIW...Centerfielder was voted Vikings’ Best Defensive Player...Fielded 53 chances flawlessly...Hit .347 with four home runs and 23 RBI...Third on the team in home runs, runs (30) and slugging percentage (.531)...Stole 10 bases without being caught...2008: Hit .296 with one home run and eight RBI...Stole five bases in six attempts.

Jackie Gill (Heyworth HS, Heyworth, Ill.), OF-P…Ranks 10th on Augustana career wins list with 22...2010: Went 6-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 16 appearances...Made nine starts...2009: Vikings’ Most Valuable Player...2nd team All-CCIW...Went 13-8 with a 2.06 ERA...Led team in wins (eighth best in school history), ERA, starts (21), complete games (12), innings pitched (119) and shutouts (two-tied)...Hit .269 with seven runs scored and six RBI...Had three sacrifices and was perfect in three stolen base attempts...2008: Hit .241 with no home runs and 10 RBI…2-1 with a 3.00 ERA as a pitcher…In just her second start of the season, she picked up a huge complete game win against Carthage to keep the Vikings alive in the CCIW tournament…16-9 career record with a 2.26 ERA.

Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.), 3B-C…Augustana career record holder in home runs (31)...Ranks in career Top Ten in six other categories...2010: CCIW Player of the Year...2nd team All-America...1st team all-region...3rd team academic all-region...Augustana MVP and Offensive Player of the Year...Led CCIW in batting (.489) and home runs (five)...Led team in batting (.409), home runs (school-record 11), RBI (tied with 36), runs (35), hits (54), total bases (96), slugging (.727), hit-by-pitch (5) and on-base percentage (.470)... 2009: 1st team All-CCIW...2nd team all-region...Hit .358 and led the team with nine home runs (2nd best in school history),  38 RBI (3rd best in school history) and 84 total bases...Led the CCIW in total bases (28)...Second on the team in at-bats (134), runs (31), doubles (tied with 9) and sacrifices (tied with 9)...Perfect in nine stolen base attempts...2008: Augustana Best Offensive Player…1st team All-CCIW…3rd team all-region…Set Augustana’s single- season home run record with 11… Second on the team with a .364 average, 31 RBI, a .431 on-base percentage and nine steals (tied)…Led team in slugging at .705, total bases with 91 and runs scored with 38…Also led the team with 13 sacrifices…Already holds the school’s career home run record with 20 and has the top two single-season totals...Also ranks fifth on Augustana’s career RBI list with 75...Career .360 hitter with slugging and on-base percentages of .650 and .421, respectively.

Chrissy Rosin (Niles West HS, Morton Grove, Ill.), SS...Augustana career record holder with 531 at-bats...Top Ten in six other categories ... 2010: 2nd team All-CCIW...Started all 46 games...Hit .331 with four home runs and 27 RBI...Set school record with 157 at-bats...Tied for the team lead with seven sacrifices... 2009: 2nd team All-CCIW...Hit .358 with no home runs and 24 RBI...Started all 42 games...Led team in at-bats (137—8th best in school history), runs (33), triples (3), walks (19—4th best in school history) and stolen bases (17 in 18 attempts)...Tied for CCIW lead in stolen bases with nine...Second on the team with a .434 on-base percentage...Fielded .961 with just six errors in 153 chances …2008: Augustana’s co-Best Defensive Player…Started 43 of the Vikings’ 44 games at shortstop…Committed just five errors in 142 chances for a .965 fielding percentage…Fielded .976 in CCIW play with only one error in 14 games…Third on the team with a .341 average and four home runs…Also scored 35 runs and drove in 15…Led the team in walks with 15...Ranks in school’s career top ten in at-bats (374-10th), runs (85-9th), hits (126-9th), doubles (21-10th) and stolen bases (34-10th).

Brittany Snoreck (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.), C…Ranked in Augustana career Top Ten in six statistical categories...2010: Hit .278 with one home run and 21 RBI...Led team with 12 doubles and 16 walks...2009: Voted Vikings’ Best Offensive Player...1st team All-CCIW...1st team all-region...3rd team ESPN the Magazine academic all-district ...Led team with a .410 batting average...Second on the team with six home runs (7th best in school history) and 36 RBI (4th best in school history)...Also led the team with 12 doubles (6th best in school history), a .656 slugging percentage, a .461 on-base percentage and four sac flies and...2008: 1st team All-CCIW…Hit .333 with three home runs and 21 RBI…Handled 149 chances defensively without an error...2007: Hit .307 as a frosh and led the team with 12 sacrifices...Ranks in Augustana’s career top ten in doubles (28-6th), home runs (9-9th) and RBI (73-8th).

Andi Walker (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.), 2B...2010: Augustana co-Most Improved Player & co-Viking Award winner... Hit .304 with two home runs and 13 RBI...2009: Split time with Jen Sloboda at second base...Hit .259 with 13 runs scored and 9 RBI...Recorded a .986 fielding percentage with just one error in 74 chances.
 

Kelli Humbert (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.), P…2010: 2-3 with team-bests of four saves and a 2.16 ERA...Made 23 appearances with one start...2009: Appeared in just one game...2008: 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA…10 of 11 appearances were in relief.

Erica Aten (Moline HS, Coal Valley, Ill.), P...2010: 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 appearances...Made 14 starts...Led team with four complete games...2009: Went 4-2 as a frosh with a 3.42 ERA in 16 appearances...Had three starts, two complete games and one shutout...Also recorded the team’s only save of the season...Hit .368 with six RBI in 19 at-bats.

KEY RETURNEES:

Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.), Senior, OF...2010: Hit .302 with 14 RBI...Led team with 11 stolen bases and tied for team lead with seven sacrifices...2009: 1st team All-CCIW...3rd team all-region...Led the CCIW with five sacrifices and third in the conference with a .432 batting average...Hit .400 overall to finish second on the team...Led team with 13 sacrifices ...Second on the team with 12 stolen bases...Had slugging and on-base percentages of .432 and .424, respectively.

Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.), Senior, OF...Ranks seventh at Augustana in career home runs (11) and RBI (76) and 10th in doubles (24)...2010: 2nd team All-CCIW...Hit .354 with seven home runs and 36 RBI...Tied for team lead in RBI and triples (3)... 2009: Started all 42 games...Hit .273 with two home runs and 21 RBI ...Scored 21 runs...Also had five doubles and five stolen bases…2008: 2nd team All-CCIW…Hit .286 with two home runs and 19 RBI…Led the team with 11 doubles…Hit .316 in CCIW games.

Rachel Perry (Illinois Valley Central HS, Chillicothe, Ill.), Senior, P...2010...3-1 with one save and a 3.07 ERA in 17 appearances...Made three starts.

Sheldon Ritzheimer (Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.), Senior, P...Ranks ninth at Augustana in career wins (23) and ERA (2.41) and eighth in strikeouts (170)...2010: 12-5 with one save and a 2.47 ERA...Led team in wins, starts (19), innings (93.2), and strikeouts (55)...2009: 11-4 with a 2.36 ERA...Allowed just 68 hits and a .193 batting average in 100 2/3  innings of work...Led staff with 112 strikeouts (6th best in school history)...Had 18 starts with six complete games and two shutouts.

Stephanie Sarb (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.), Senior, 3B...Fourth on Augustana’s career home run list with 13...2010: 1st team All-CCIW...2nd team all-region...Augustana co-Defensive Player of the Year...Hit .307 with 10 home runs (third most in school history) and 32 RBI...2009: 2nd team All-CCIW...Fourth in the CCIW in hitting (.424) and second in on-base percentage (.472)...Vikings’ third-leading hitter overall at .368... Slugged .500 with three home runs...Scored 11 runs and drove in 19.

Christina Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.), Junior, 1B...2010: Hit .347 with 14 RBI...Tied for tem lead with three triples... 2009: Left-handed first baseman hit .350 with one home run and 19 RBI as a frosh...Had six doubles and one triple...Also had a .400 on-base percentage and a  slugging percentage of .442.

Jessica Peterson (Marian Catholic HS, Lansing, Ill.), Sophomore, 2B...2010: Hit .351 with 12 RBI...Stole nine bases in 10 attempts.


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).

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. 

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