Edgewood College Softball 2017 Season Preview

Five key starters, all underclassmen, return for an Edgewood College softball team that will make a push for their second NACC tournament berth in the last three seasons. The future looks bright for the senior-less Eagles as they look to defy expectations after being picked 11th in the NACC preseason poll.

Sophomore outfielder Grace Delleman

TOP RETURNERS

Jordan Anderson

So. | First Base | Munster, Ind.

  • 2016 stats: 40 games - 40 starts | .445/.489/.756 | 119 AB | 26 runs | 53 hits | 8 HR | 38 RBI | 11-game hit streak
  • Second Team and Freshman All-NACC teams
  • NACC Ranks: 1st - slugging percentage (.756), 2nd - total bases (90) and home runs (8), 3rd - batting average (.445), 4th - base percentage (.489), 5th - RBIs (38)
  • Slugged the 3rd-most home runs in school history over a single season
  • Posted five games with at least three hits and nine games with multiple RBI

Shannon Whitmus

Jr. | Pitcher | Verona, Wis.

  • 2016 stats: 25 games - 10 starts | 5.56 ERA | 3-7 record | 4 CG | 79.1 IP | 52 K
  • Also hit .250/.320/.352 with 2 HR in 88 AB
  • Hit first career walk-off home run and earned complete game victory in 4-3 win over Dominican on April 17

Alyssa Hickey

So. | Infielder | Friendship, Wis.

  • 2016 stats: 40 games - 40 starts | .163/.221/.238 | 80 AB | 11 runs | 13 hits | 1 HR | 4 RBI | 3-game hit streak
  • One of two Eagle returners to start all 40 games last season (primarily at SS and 2B)
  • Hit first career home run in just the second game of the season against Simpson on Feb. 27

Grace Delleman

So. | Outfielder | La Grange, Ill.

  • 2016 stats: 40 games - 39 starts | .290/.382/.538 | 93 AB | 20 runs | 27 hits | 6 HR | 20 RBI | 5 SB | 4-game hit streak
  • Sixth in the NACC and second on the team with six home runs
  • Hit first collegiate home run in a 2-for-3 effort against Finlandia University on Feb. 28

Sabrina Luedtke

So. | Catcher | Manitowoc, Wis.

  • 2016 stats: 39 games - 35 starts | .245/.439/.306 | 49 AB | 9 runs | 12 hits | 5 RBI | 12 BB
  • Second on the team in on-base percentage (.439)
  • NACC Scholar Athlete

Numbers Game

  • 40.1% - Hits returning from last season (46.1% of TB and 41.2% of AB also return)
  • 30 - Or more games started last season by each of the five Eagle returners
  • 17 - Home runs return from last season, led by Anderson's 8
  • 9.4 - Average runs scored in wins compared to 2.1 runs scored in losses last season
  • 8 - Newcomers (All from Wisconsin)
  • 5th - Top NACC finish in school history set in 2008
  • 2nd - 2016 NACC season rank after belting 23 home runs
  • .981 and .977 - Fielding %'s of top-2 returning fielders on team (Anderson and Whitmus)
  • 1 - Whitmus is the only pitcher returning from last year's team
  • 0 - Seniors on this year's squad

Head Coach J.P. Richards

  • 15th season | 263-287 Overall Record | 148-137 NACC and LMC conferences
  • Winningest coach in Eagle softball history
  • Two-time conference Coach of the Year
  • 2 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 2 LMC Regular Season and 2 LMC Tournament Championships
  • 1 Conference Player of the Year
  • 18 First Team and 2 Second Team All-Conference Selections

2017 Schedule

  • Season Opener | Feb. 24-25 @ Finlandia University Dome Tournament (Marquette, Mich.)
  • Spring Break Trip | Mar. 10-14 @ Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic (Fort Myers/Naples, Fla.)
  • NACC Opener | Apr. 1 @ Lakeland University
  • NACC Tournament | May 4-6 hosted by Alverno College
Junior pitcher Shannon Whitmus

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