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HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Northwest Conference office released its postseason award winners in the sport of softball on Friday afternoon with eight Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes earning honors.
Kathryn Hatlen, Becca Sorensen, and Anna Overland all earned First Team All-NWC accolades while Elli Rassbach, Nichole Schroeder, and Emily McConnell secured Second Team accolades. Marissa Miller and Samantha Simundson rounded out the Lutes earning recognition, landing Honorable Mention All-NWC laurels.
Hatlen, a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2016, earns a spot on the First Team at first base. The sophomore from Woodinville, Washington started all 39 games for the Lutes, leading the team with a .388 batting average and a .439 on-base percentage. Hatlen tallied 25 RBIs and 12 extra base hits while defensively, collecting a team-high 314 putouts.
Sorensen secures a spot on the First Team at second base after earning Honorable Mention All-NWC a season ago. The Sophomore from Lakewood, Washington started all 39 games for the Lutes, carrying a .295 batting average with 12 RBIs and nine extra base hits. Sorensen scored 18 runs while stealing seven bases.
Overland rounds out the PLU First Team honorees, earning a spot as a shortstop. The sophomore from Gig Harbor, Washington started all 39 games for Pacific Lutheran, owning a .388 average with a team-best .619 slugging percentage with 43 RBIs. Overland finished with 13 doubles and six home runs while also scoring a team-leading 52 runs. Overland collected six stolen bases and led the team with 89 assists in the field.
Rassbach lands Second Team honors inside the circle as a pitcher. The junior from Walla Walla, Washington made 21 appearances and 19 starts inside the circle, tossing 18 complete games. The righthander racked up a 13-7 record with one save and two shutouts, striking out 61 in 136 innings of work. Rassbach carried a team-best earned run average of 2.78 while inflicting some damage on the offensive end with a .333 batting average with seven RBIs and one home run. Rassbach was the NWC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27 after throwing a no-hitter against Pacific University.
Schroeder joins her batterymate on the All-NWC Second Team, earning a spot as a catcher. The senior from Olympia, Washington logged a batting average of .295 with 12 RBIs and seven extra base hits. A 2016 All-NWC First Team selection, Schroeder started in 37 of the team's 39 games and owned a .993 fielding percentage, collecting 131 putouts.
McConnell is the third Lute on the Second Team, earning the accolade as an outfielder. The senior from Meridian, Idaho started all 39 games for PLU, sporting a .341 batting average. McConnell collected 20 RBIs while scoring 32 runs while leading the team in stolen bases with 10.
Earning Honorable Mention selection was Miller and Simundson. Miller earned her spot as a pitcher. The junior from Edgewood, Washington was a three-time NWC Pitcher of the Week, closing the year with a 3.12 ERA and nine wins in 19 starts. Miller tallied 54 strikeouts in 110 innings of work, collecting four shutouts on the season. Simundson landed a spot as an outfielder. The sophomore from Federal Way, Washington started in 38 of the team's 39 games, owning a .339 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage. Simundson collected 11 base hits and 19 RBIs while scoring 29 runs.
PLU (23-16, 16-12 NWC) finished third in the NWC regular season standings before advancing to the championship game of the NWC Tournament, falling 3-2 to host Whitworth University in the final game of the double elimination tournament.