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Bekah Roth was named to the Second Team.

02/12/2016, 6:45am CST
By Tom Bye

BURNSVILLE, Minn. - The Northern Sun (NSIC) released their NSIC Softball All-Conference Teams and Concordia-St. Paul's Bekah Roth was named to the Second Team.

Roth, a senior second baseman, finished the NSIC season ranked 12th in the league with a .406 batting average in 30 conference games.  Her .464 on-base percentage and .644 slugging percentage also ranked 12th and 14th, respectively. Roth's counting numbers were especially impressive in league play as she shared the league lead with 11 doubles, ranked third with 41 hits, fifth with 65 total bases and ninth with 26 RBI.

On the season as a whole, she finished the regular season hitting .373 with four home runs and 45 RBI and 19 total extra base hits. Her 45 RBI on the season ranks second in single-season program history.

The senior keystone has also worked her way up the list in multiple categories on the Concordia career ranks this season. She enters the NSIC Tournament tied for fifth in school history with 117 RBI, seventh with 16 career home runs, and in the top-12 in batting average (.314), on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.472).

Erica Meyer earns Big Ten Player of the Week

03/26/2015, 12:45pm CDT
By Tom Bye

Feb. 23, 2015

Big Ten Release

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Minnesota softball senior Erica Meyer was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Meyer became the first Gopher to earn the honor since April of 2013 when Tyler Walker took it home. She shares the plaudit with Michigan junior Kelsey Susalla.

The selection was the first of its kind for Meyer, a 2014 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection.

Meyer led the Gophers offensively in their 5-0 weekend at Arizona State's Diamond Devil Invitational, where Minnesota met four teams that combined for a 139-74-1 record last season. 

The Arden Hills, Minn. native hit .600 with a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.400 slugging percentage. She had at least one hit and one run in each game and had two runs in four of five games. Meyer homered in each of the tournament's first three games and doubled in the weekend's last three games.

For the weekend, Meyer led or tied for the Big Ten lead in slugging percentage, runs, doubles, home runs and total bases, was second in the conference in batting average and was in the top three for hits and on-base percentage. She did not strike out in 15 at bats and was successful in her only steal attempt.

Minnesota had two weekly conference awards following the first week of the season when Sara Groenewegen won Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and Danielle Parlich was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week.

The Gophers pick up play with five games at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. this weekend.

2014 - Taylor Daas (SS) 1st Team
2014 - McKenzie Anderson (OF) 2nd Team
2014 - Michelle Brockamp (2B) 2nd Team
2013 - Taylor Daas (SS) 1st Team


(Left to right): Kelsey Weindruch, Elisa Smith (MVSA), Head Coach Renae Hartl, Morgan Franklin, Shari Huber

Luther College seniors Shari Huber, Elisa Smith, Morgan Franklin and Kelsey Weindruch have wrapped-up a remarkable four-year run on the Norse softball team.

Huber, Smith and Franklin played in four NCAA Division III softball national tournaments, while Weindruch joined the Norse as a sophomore in 2011, after transferring from Muscatine Community College. 

They are the only players in Luther softball history to play in three or four consecutive National Softball Championships.  Prior to this current four-year streak, Luther advanced to the National Softball Championships in 1985, 1990 and 1991, under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Betty Hoff.
Current coach Renae Hartl has led the Norse to a record of 363-147 in the past 12 years, including a mark of 157-33 the last four years. 

Huber hit .391 this year for the Norse, with 7 doubles, 5 triples and 3 home runs.  Smith had a .351 batting average with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs.  Franklin hit .331 with 6 doubles and 3 home runs.  Weindruch hit .313 with 9 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs.  All four played in each and every one of Luther's 44 games this year.