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June 1, 2005

2009 Season - 2005 Softball Review

Vikings battle back through CCIW tournament loser’s bracket only to fall short in quest for second straight NCAA Division III national tournament appearance; Season ends with 33-12 record; Jilian Widick, Heidi Hallstrom and Leann Barber leave names on Augustana record books

Showing equal parts grit and determination, the Augustana Vikings softball team came oh-so-close to securing a second straight berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. It was not meant to be, however, as the 2005 season ended for the Vikings with a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to North Central in the championship game of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament on May 7 in Naperville, Illinois.

Head coach Kris Kistler’s team ended the year with a fine 33-12 overall record and was passed over for an NCAA Division III at-large berth. It does not diminish the fact that the Vikings the compiled second highest single season win total in school history, surpassed only by the 36-9 record compiled a year ago.

After going 11-3 in the CCIW regular season, Augustana headed into the CCIW tournament in Naperville, Illinois on May 6-7 needing to win to secure the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. North Central was 13-1 in the regular season and had already clinched the conference title. With the point system that is used to determine the automatic qualifier Kistler’s team could accrue enough points only by winning the tournament.

In the first game the Vikings beat Carthage 4-1 but in the second round fell to North Central 5-0 to drop into the loser’s bracket. They defeated Millikin 3-1 to eliminate the Big Blue and then came up with a huge 4-2 win over North Central to force a final, winner-take-all championship game. In that extra-inning contest Augustana grabbed a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning but the Cardinals came up with three runs to secure a 7-6 win and the spot in the national tournament.

The season ends and so does the career for four seniors: Heidi Hallstrom (Moline HS, Moline, IL), Leann Barber (Moline HS, Moline, IL), Jilian Widick (Normal West HS, Normal, IL) and Bailey Herrmann (Indian Creek HS, Shabbona, IL). However, their legacy will not be diminished. Those four seniors were responsible for one of the greatest runs of success in Augustana softball history. During the stretch from 2002 through 2005 the Vikings went 122-50 overall and 38-18 in the CCIW, finishing third, fourth, first and second respectively during those years.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Widick, Hallstrom and Barber have left their names all over the Augustana record book. Widick owns career school records for strikeouts (477), victories (57) and earned run average (1.04) and she is second in innings pitched at 492. This past season she compiled a record of 20-4 with an ERA of 1.17 in 167 2/3 innings of work. She struck out 139 and walked just 46 and batters hit only .186 against her.

Hallstrom is the career school record holder for at-bats (526), hits (197), doubles (32), home runs (14) and runs batted in (107). She led the team in hitting this year with a .379 average as she collected 53 hits in 140 at-bats with 32 runs scored, 15 doubles, two home runs and 26 RBI. She also ended second in career runs scored with 116. Her .375 career batting average (197 of 526) is fifth. Barber does not own any school records but she is in the top ten in several career categories. She is fourth in at-bats (438), fourth in hits (149), fifth in doubles (25), fifth in home runs (7) and third in RBI (75). Her career batting average of .340 (149 of 438) is tied for 10th on the all-time list. This season she hit .330 with 38 hits in 115 at-bats with 13 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 20 RBI.

Augustana led the CCIW in batting this spring with a .313 team average with 114 hits in 364 at-bats in 14 conference games. The Vikings topped the league in doubles (20), home runs (8) and stolen bases (24). They were also first in team fielding with a .965 percentage with just 15 errors in 423 total chances. In pitching Augustana was third with a team earned run average of .087 with 24 earned runs in 94 2/3 innings of work.

Erin Daniels (Dwight HS, Dwight, IL) finished fifth in the league in batting with a .429 average with 21 hits in 49 at-bats. Samantha Knox (United Township HS, East Moline, IL) was 11th at .364 while Kim Rymer (Vernon Hills HS, Vernon Hills, IL) was 12th at .355 and Barber was 13th at .350. Widick finished fourth in earned run average with a 1.08 mark with eight earned runs in 52 innings. She was second in strikeouts with 37. Daniels finished second in hits with 21, second in runs scored with 14, third in runs-batted-in with 10, second in triples with two, second in total bases with 31 and fourth in stolen bases with four. Rymer led the CCIW in steals with six. Molly McLean (Andrew HS, Tinley Park, IL) was the home run leader with four.

The post season honors poured in for the Vikings as Widick, Barber, Daniels and Knox were named first team all-conference and Hallstrom and McLean were second team. Barber was a first team selection for the third straight year and Widick made it for the second year in a row. Hallstrom dropped to second team after making first team for her first three seasons. Knox made first team for the second straight year and Daniels moved up to first team after being picked at second team a year ago. Knox was a first team academic all-district choice by ESPN – The Magazine while Daniels and Widick were on the second team. Barber, Daniels and Hallstrom were first team all-Great Lakes region while Widick was second team and Knox third team.

Widick was the team’s MVP for the second year in a row with Hallstrom grabbing Best Offensive Player honors and sharing the Best Defensive Player award with junior leftfielder Tara Gimmler (Glenbard East HS, Glen Ellyn, IL). Sophomore catcher Cammie Bourlet (Farmington HS, Farmington, IL) and freshman pitcher Jordan Huff (Onalaska HS, Onalaska, WI) shared the Most Improved Player award. Senior outfielder Bailey Herrmann (Indian Valley HS, Shabbona, IL) was the winner of the Viking Award for spirit and determination.

Kistler finished her sixth season as the head coach at Augustana College. She sports an overall record of 184-95-2 (including one year at Plattsburg State) while she has a mark of 175-85-2 in six years with the Vikings. During CCIW play she is 53-31.

2005 CCIW Final Softball Standings

 

CCIW

CCIW

CCIW

CCIW

CCIW

OVERALL

OVERALL

TEAM

WON

LOSS

PTS

TOURN. PTS.

TOTAL PTS

WON

LOSS

North Central

13

1

13

4

17

36

12

AUGUSTANA

11

3

11

3

14

33

12

Carthage

10

4

10

0

10

25

15

Millikin

7

7

7

1

8

17

20

Illinois Wesleyan

5

9

5

0

5

20

18

Elmhurst

5

9

5

0

5

20

19

Wheaton

5

9

5

0

5

20

17

North Park

0

14

0

0

0

5

32

CCIW Tournament

May 6-7, 2005  *** Shanower Field in Naperville, Illinois

GAME

DATE

TEAMS

1

May 6

Augustana 4, Carthage 1

2

May 6

North Central 3, Millikin 2

3

May 6

Millikin 2, Carthage 0

4

May 6

North Central 5, Augustana 0

5

May 7

Augustana 3, Millikin 1

6

May 7

Augustana 4, North Central 2

7

May 7

North Central 7, Augustana 6

2005 Augustana Softball Superlatives

Most Valuable Player: Jilian Widick

Best Offensive Player: Heidi Hallstrom

Best Defensive Player: Heidi Hallstrom and Tara Gimmler

Most Improved Player: Cammie Bourlet & Jordan Huff

Viking Award: Bailey Herrmann

CCIW All-Conference: (1st team) Jilian Widick, pitcher…Leann Barber, catcher…Erin Daniels, second base…Samantha Knox, third base. (2nd team) Heidi Hallstrom, shortstop…Molly McLean, first base.

NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region: (1st team) Leann Barber, catcher…Erin Daniels, second base…Heidi Hallstrom, shortstop. (2nd team) Jilian Widick, pitcher. (3rd team) Samantha Knox, third base.

ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District: (1st team) Samantha Knox, infield. (2nd team) Jilian Widick, pitcher…Erin Daniels, infield.

CCIW Players of the week: 03/22 – Heidi Hallstrom, batter…03/22 – Jilian Widick, pitcher…04/04 – Jilian Widick, pitcher…04/25 – Erin Daniels, batter…04/25 – Alissa Shaner, pitcher.

SCHOOL RECORDS ESTABLISHED IN 2005

Team home runs in sngle season: 19 – breaking old record of 15 held jointly by 2002 and 2004 teams.

Career Strikeouts: 477 by Jilian Widick – breaking old record of 436 set by Hayley Hallstrom (2000-03)

Career Victories: 57 by Jilian Widick (57-18) – breaking old record of 55 (55-22) set by Crystal Putman (1979-82).

Career Winning Percentage: .760 (57-18) by Jilian Widick (2002-05) – breaking old record of .696 (55-22) set by Crystal Putman (1979-82).

Career ERA: 1.04 by Jilian Widick (2002-05) – breaking old record set of 0.81 by Alissa Shaner in 2004…Shaner’s career ERA after the 2005 season is now 1.76.

Career at-bats: 526 by Heidi Hallstrom (2002-05) – breaking old record of 511 set by Christine Okon (1999-02).

Career Hits: 197 by Heidi Hallstrom (2002-05) – breaking old record of 179 set by Christine Okon (1999-02).

Career Doubles: 32 by Heidi Hallstrom (2002-05) – breaking old record of 31 set by Hayley Hallstrom (2000-03).

Career Home-Runs: 14 by Heidi Hallstrom (2002-05) – breaking old record of 10 set by Cassandra Hallstrom (2001-02).

Career RBIs: 107 by Heidi Hallstrom (2002-05) – breaking her own record of 83 heading into 2005 season.

CCIW statistical leaders in 2005 (Conference games only)

Team ERA: 1st with 1.80 ERA

Individual ERA: Jilian Widick - 1st with 1.17 ERA

Individual doubles: Heidi Hallstrom – 1st with 15

Stolen bases: Kim Rymer – 1st with 19

NCAA Division III Statistical Rankings

Team winning percentage: 32nd with 0.73 runs per game (197 runs in 45 games).

Team home runs per game: 49th with 0.42 home runs per game (19 in 45 games).

Individual ERA: Jilian Widick – 59th 1.17 per game (28 earned runs in 167 2/3 innings).

Individual victories: Jilian Widick – 18th with 20 (20-4).

Individual Saves: Jilian Widick – 13th with three.

Individual sacrifice hits: Kim Rymer – 15th with 0.5 per game (21 in 42 games).