Conference regular-season and playoff champion St. Thomas Softball has five All-Midwest Region honorees, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA):
- junior pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass, first team
- junior 3B Elise Barnes, first team
- senior 2B Melissa Barry, first team
- senior 1B Chase Shortly, first team
- senior OF Dana Connelly, third team
The first-team All-Region players are on the national ballot for All-America consdieration.
No. 3-ranked St. Thomas won the MIAC title at 19-3 by three games, and went 3-0 to claim the conference playoff title. Coach John Tschida's team (41-5) is home May 17-18 in the Super Regional round of the NCAA playoffs to face unranked UW-La Crosse.
MIAC Pitcher of the Year award, her second in her two seasons. Missed 2017 and 2018 seasons for medical reasons... on her two-year career has 54-8 record with 0.91 ERA, and a 10-to-1 K-to-walk ratio... she's 6-0 so far in the postseason, 0.39 ERA (one run in 44 innings); had a streak of 48 innings without allowing a run allowed end last Saturday with two doubles in seventh inning of 6-1 victory over UW-Eau Claire... since April 6, she's 18-0 with an 0.32 ERA and 69 strikeouts and just eight walks (two intentional)... was All-Region in 2016 when she led all freshmen pitchers at all 974 NCAA softball programs in Divisions 1, II and III in both strikeouts (233) and wins (30).
MIAC Player of the Year, 3X All-MIAC honor in three-year career.; was second-team All-Region last season... on career has 162 hits and 144 runs in 140 games... In 46 games this season is batting .423 with 66 hits, 55 runs, 37 RBI, eight home runs, 14 walks and 23 steals.
Three-time All-MIAC, was second-team All-Region last season... In 183 career games has 202 hits, 147 RBI and 118 runs.... In 46 games this season is batting .404 with 60 hits, 29 runs, 48 RBI, 17 doubles, and only four errors in 294 defensive chances; struck out just five times in 41 games (163 plate appearances).
Repeat first-team All-Region... among just 23 softball players in conference history to get All-MIAC honors four consecutive seasons... on career in 177 games has 225 hits, 153 runs, .405 BA... In 46 games this season is batting .429 with 66 hits, 49 runs, 24 RBI, 28 steals and only two errors in 182 chances; struck out just five times in 41 games (174 plate appearances).
Among just 23 softball players in conference history to get All-MIAC honors four consecutive seasons... on career in 176 games has 175 hits, 111 RBI, and .354 BA... In 46 games this season is batting .359 with 47 hits, 27 runs, 45 RBI, 16 extra-base hit, 13 walks and one error in 38 chances.