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January 17, 2012

2012 Season - 2012 SOFTBALL PREVIEW

Sophomore Krista Watson was a first team all-conference performer in 2011 when she led the CCIW in home runs, slugging percentage and total bases.

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: 664-512-2 (.565)

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...13th year at Augustana College and 14th year overall as college head coach...She has compiled a record of 342-175-2 (.661) in her first 12 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 351-185-2 (.654).

KISTLER'S OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7529

ASSISTANT COACHES: Dave Hebbeln, John Brokaw, Leann Barber, Sara Brokaw 

TEAM INFORMATION

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings went 19-19 and 5-9 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin...They finished seventh in the CCIW regular season ...Augustana has won at least 23 games in 11 of the past 12 seasons and have a record of 236-111 (.680) over the past seven years.

2011 STARTERS RETURNING: Five position players, two pitchers

2011 STARTERS LOST: Four position players, one pitcher

2011 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 14

2011 LETTERWINNERS LOST: 10

KEY LOSSES:
Melissa Nelson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.), OF...Finished third in career doubles (33) at Augustana, fourth in RBI (96), fifth in at-bats (497) and home runs (14), seventh in triples (tied with eight) and ninth in runs (89) and hits (tied with 156)...2011: 1st team All-CCIW...Team's Co-MVP...Hit .336 with three home runs and 20 RBI...Led team with four triples (tied for fourth-best in school history) and nine doubles...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. 

Stephanie Sarb (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.), 3B...Finished fourth on Augustana's career home run list with 15 and eighth in RBI with 77...2011: Named team's Best Defensive Player...Hit .305 with two home runs and 24 RBI...Led team with 10 walks...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.

Sheldon Ritzheimer (Wesclin HS, Trenton, Ill.), Senior, P...Finished seventh in career strikeouts (197) at Augustana, ninth in wins (24) and 10th in innings pitched (228)...2011: Went 1-4 with a 5.93 ERA in eight starting assignments...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.

Christina Trojanowski (Evergreen Park HS, Evergreen Park, Ill.), 1B...2011: Hit .325 with 10 RBI...Tied for the team lead with 40 hits...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.), 2B...2011: Hit .292 with five RBI and tied for the team lead with 11 sacrifices... second on the team with six stolen bases...2010: Hit .351 with 12 RBI...Stole nine bases in 10 attempts.

KEY RETURNEES:

Randi Applehans (Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sophomore, C...2011: Started 29 games at catcher...Hit .224 with six RBI.

Jillian Gibbs (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), Senior, OF...2011: Hit .287 with one home run and 16 RBI...Tied for the team lead with 11 sacrifices... Led the CCIW with eight sacrifices in league play.

Sarah Hintz (Le Roy HS, Le Roy, Ill.), Sophomore, P...2011: Shared team's MVP and Viking Award...Went 8-7 with a 2.17 ERA...Led team with 25 appearances, 18 starts, seven complete games, 116 innings pitched and 78 strikeouts...Tied for team lead with two shutouts.

Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.), Senior, OF...2011: Missed entire season due to injury...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.

Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), Sophomore, P...2011: Made 13 appearances, all in relief, with an 0-2 record and 1.34 ERA...Led CCIW in relief appearances (nine) and game finished (eight).

Jenna Nelson (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.), Junior, 3B...2011: 1st team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region...Led Vikings with a .378 batting average and .425 on-base percentage...Hit three home runs and drove in 22 runs...Second on the team with eight doubles...Slugged .551.

Lauren Schneiderbauer (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Sophomore, OF...2011: Hit .262 with three home runs and 12 RBI...Led team with eight stolen bases.

Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.), Sophomore, UT...2011: 1st team All-CCIW...Named team's Best Offensive Player...Hit .377 and led the team with nine home runs (tied for fourth-best in school history) and 25 RBI... Also led the team in runs (29), total bases (74) and slugging percentage (.698) and tied for the team lead with 40 hits...Led the CCIW with five home runs, 33 total bases and a .767 slugging percentage in 14 league games.

Ashley Yaros (Stagg HS, Palos Hills, Ill.), Sophomore, P...2011: Finished 9-5 to lead Vikings in wins... Tied for team lead with two shutouts... Also took part in two combined shutouts...Posted a 3.32 ERA...Second on the team with 18 appearances, 11 starts, three complete games, 71.2 innings pitched and 52 strikeouts.

2011 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

NFCA ALL-GREAT LAKES REGION: Jenna Nelson, DP, 1st team.

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: 1st team -Melissa Nelson, OF & Krista Watson, SS.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Slugging Percentage - Krista Watson (.767)... Home Runs - Krista Watson (5)...Total Bases - Krista Watson (33)...Sacrifice Bunts - Jillian Gibbs (8)...Games Finished - Courtney Ledezma (8)...Relief Appearances - Courtney Ledezma (9).

CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Slugging Percentage (.411)...Home Runs (12).

TOP 10 CAREER ADDITIONS: At-bats - Melissa Nelson, 5th with 497...Runs Scored - Melissa Nelson, 9th with 89...Hits - Melissa Nelson, 9th-T with 156...Doubles - Melissa Nelson, 3rd with 33...Triples - Melissa Nelson, 7th-T with 8...Home Runs - Stephanie Sarb, 4th with 15 and Melissa Nelson, 5th with 14...RBI - Melissa Nelson, 4th with 96 and Stephanie Sarb, 8th with 77...Wins - Sheldon Ritzheimer, 9th with 24...Innings Pitched - Sheldon Ritzheimer, 10th with 228...Strikeouts - Sheldon Ritzheimer, 7th with 197.

TOP 10 SINGLE SEASON ADDITIONS: Triples - Melissa Nelson, 4th-T with 4...Home Runs - Krista Watson, 4th-T with 9.

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Melissa Nelson & Sarah Hintz

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Krista Watson

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Stephanie Sarb

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Kelsey Winter

VIKING AWARD: Emilee Goad & Sarah Hintz