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January 15, 2013

2013 SOFTBALL PREVIEW

Krista Watson has a career batting average of .379 and was all-conference and all-region last year.

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: 689-525-2 (.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...14th year at Augustana College and 15th year overall as college head coach...She has compiled a record of 367-188-2 (.661) in her first 13 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 376-198-2 (.655).

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

ASSISTANT COACHES: Dave Hebblen, John Brokaw, Leann Barber   

TEAM INFORMATION

2012 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings went 25-13 and 6-8 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin...They finished fifth in the CCIW regular season ...Augustana has won at least 23 games in 12 of the past 13 seasons and have a record of 261-124 (.678) over the past eight years.

2012 STARTERS RETURNING: Six position players, one pitcher

2012 STARTERS LOST: Three position players, one pitcher

2012 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 10

2012 LETTERWINNERS LOST: 8   

KEY LOSSES:

Randi Applehans (Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), C... 2012: Named Vikings' Most Improved Player... Started 24 games behind the plate... Hit .200 with seven RBI... Led CCIW backstops with four potential base stealers cut down.  

Jillian Gibbs (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), OF... 2012: 1st team All-CCIW... Named Augustana's Best Defensive Player... Handled 42 defensive chances flawlessly in center field... Hit .313 with six home runs and 17 RBI... Led team in home runs and tied for the team lead with four stolen bases... Second on the club with .542 slugging percentage... 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.  

Courtney Ledezma (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), 1B-P... 2012: 2nd team All-CCIW... Shared Vikings' Best Offensive Player award... Hit .344 with two home runs and a team-high 26 RBI... Led team with four triples (tied for 7th-best in school history)... Second on the team in total bases (64) and doubles (tied with eight)... Slugged .525 with a .389 on-base percentage... 8-6 with a 2.98 ERA as a pitcher... Tied for the team lead with 16 starts... Second on the team with seven complete games, two shutouts, 91 2/3 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts... 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).  

KEY RETURNEES:  

Laura Behnke (St. Francis HS, Roselle, Ill.), Sophomore, OF... 2012: Hit .299 with 11 RBI... Tied for second on the team with eight doubles... Slugged .448 with an on-base percentage of .368.  

Sarah Hintz (Le Roy HS, Le Roy, Ill.), Junior, P... Currently 5th in career ERA (1.88) at Augustana... 9th in career strikeouts (155) and tied for 9th in career wins (23)... 2012: Augustana's MVP... Went 15-4 with a 1.58 ERA... Led team in wins (tied for 6th-most in school history), ERA, appearances (20), starts (tied with 16), complete games (12), shutouts (three), innings pitched (110 2/3) and strikeouts (77)... Held the opposition to a .214 batting average... 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.  

Jenna Nelson (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.), Senior, 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.  

Jamie Rehmert (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Junior, P-1B... 2012: Won Augustana's "Viking Award"... Went 0-1 with one save and a 3.08 ERA in 13 relief appearances... Led CCIW in relief appearances and games finished with seven each... Tied for second on the team with three home runs in just 33 at-bats... Hit .242 with 11 RBI... Slugged .515.  

Chaney Tambling (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.), Junior, 3B... 2012: Hit .299 with two home runs and 22 RBI... Tied for second on the team in RBI... Second on the team with 12 walks... Started 35 games at third base, committing just one error in 86 defensive chances... Slugged .425 with an on-base percentage of .392.      

Jenna Teson (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.), Sophomore, 2B... 2012: Started 34 games at second base... Hit .345 with five RBI... Second on the team in batting average and runs scored (20)... Posted a .380 on-base percentage... Fanned just four times in 125 plate appearances.  

Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.), Junior, SS... Currently 7th in career batting average (.379) at Augustana... 2012: 3rd team All-Great Lakes Region... 2nd team All-CCIW... Shared Vikings' Best Offensive Player award... Recorded a school-record 18 doubles... Also led the Vikings in batting average (.380), runs (25), hits (46), total bases (69), slugging percentage (.570) and on-base percentage (.429)... 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.  

Christie Wiersema (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.), Sophomore, 1B-P... 2012: Hit .327 and tied for second on the team in home runs (three) and RBI (22)... Led the Vikings with 14 walks and was second with a .405 on-base percentage... Tied for third on the team with 18 runs scored... 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four pitching appearances, three of which were starts... Held opponents to a .204 batting average.  

Jaclyn Wrona (Glenbard South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Sophomore, C... 2012: Started 15 games at catcher... Hit .310 with eight RBI... Had .455 on-base percentage... Fanned just once in 56 plate appearances... Handled 72 defensive chances behind the plate without an error.   

2012 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES  

NFCA ALL-GREAT LAKES REGION: Krista Watson, 3rd team.

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: 1st team - Jillian Gibbs, OF; 2nd team - Krista Watson, SS; Courtney Ledezma, 1B-P.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Relief appearances - 7, Jamie Rehmert; Games finished - 7, Jamie Rehmert; Caught stealing by - 4, Randi Applehans CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Fewest triples allowed - 0; Caught stealing by - 6  

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS  

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Sarah Hintz BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Krista Watson, Courtney Ledezma

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jillian Gibbs MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Randi Applehans

VIKING AWARD: Jamie Rehmert  

TOP 10 CAREER ADDITIONS:  

Batting average - .379, Krista Watson, 7th Wins - 23, Sarah Hintz, 9th-T ERA - 1.88, Sarah Hintz, 5th Strikeouts - 155, Sarah Hintz, 9th  

TOP 10 SINGLE SEASON ADDITIONS:  

Doubles - 18, Krista Watson, 1st Triples - 4, Courtney Ledezma, 7th-T Wins - 15, Sarah Hintz, 6th-T