Four Drake Softball Student-Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors
NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University softball team had earn four student-athletes earn Missouri Valley Conference honors on Wednesday night at the 2014 MVC softball awards banquet in Normal.
Senior Amy Pierce (Olathe, Kan.) and freshman Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) were selected to the all-MVC first team, while juniors Laura Brewer (Waukee, Iowa) and Rebekah Schmidt (Cottage Grove, Minn.) were named to the all-MVC second team.
Pierce has been selected to the all-MVC first team in each of the last three seasons, while Schmidt was named to the all-MVC second team in 2013. These are first all-MVC honors for Brewer and Sowa.
Pierce, who has started 182 consecutive games and every game at shortstop for the Bulldogs the past three seasons, is having an outstanding final season. She is hitting .294 along with a team-high nine doubles, six home runs, 24 runs batted in and a team-leading 25 stolen bases. She is already the school’s record holder in career runs scored and stolen bases and will look to climb the charts in several other statistical categories, including career batting average, doubles, hits, home runs and runs batted in.
Sowa has established herself at the plate and in the outfield for Drake in her first season. The freshman is hitting a team-leading .393 behind a team-high 55 hits and also leads the team in triples with two, on-base percentage at .469 and is second in steals with seven. She has started the last 47 games and appeared in 50 this season. She has flashed a solid glove in left field with just one error, 68 putouts and a stellar .986 fielding percentage.
Brewer leads the team in home runs with nine and runs batted in with 34 and has a .301 batting average. She entered her junior campaign with just one career home run and 19 career RBIs. She blistered MVC pitching during the regular season with a .351 batting average along with eight home runs and 23 runs batted in. Her eight home runs during Valley play was tied for the second best total in the league.
Schmidt has settled in to the ace role in the circle for the Bulldogs as she has won nine of her last 10 decisions. She is 16-11 overall along with a 3.48 earned run average and 134 strikeouts. The junior has 436 career strikeouts, which ranks fifth all-time in Drake history. Schmidt is also producing at the plate this year with a .255 batting average, six home runs, six doubles and 21 runs batted in.
Drake, the No. 6 seed in the 2014 MVC Championship starts tournament play on Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. against the seventh-seeded Loyola Ramblers. The winner advances to play No. 3 seed, Southern Illinois, that evening at 6:30 p.m.