Edwards named AD3I Player of the Week
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Mount Mary College sophomore pitcher/catcher Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) has been named the Association of Division III Independents softball Player of the Week for the week of April 29-May 5.
In three games last week, Edwards went 4-for-7 (.571) at the plate and pitched two complete games for the Blue Angels. The catcher-turned-pitcher led her team offensively by going 3-for-4 in the season finale against Milwaukee School of Engineering, tallying two singles, a double and five RBI in the 17-9 loss. She also went 1-for-1 with a walk earlier in the week against Rockford College.
Edwards is Mount Mary's first softball recipient of the weekly award in the 2013 season. She joins sophomore soccer player Emily Ristow and junior soccer player Rasika Perera as winners of this year's AD3I Players of the Week.
Blue Angels Fall in Final Offensive Outburst
MILWAUKEE – Mount Mary took full advantage of tough playing conditions Friday in its softball season finale, but unfortunately so did the opponent as Milwaukee School of Engineering handled the Blue Angels 17-9 on its home field.
Despite the rain falling down and the clay-like infield, spirits were high as Mount Mary started hot at the plate to open the game. Senior Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) led off the game with a single to right field, and senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) reached on an error that pushed Barker all the way to third base. Sophomore Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) came through after Wolk stole second base, smacking a single to deep right center for Mount Mary's first two runs of the game. Junior Nicole Ordway (Republic, Wash.) added a single, and she and Edwards both advanced a base into scoring position on a wild pitch. Sophomore Dani Christian (Pelican Lake, Wis.) picked up her biggest hit of the year with a shot through the left side, scoring both Edwards and Ordway. Despite two more runners reaching base in the inning, no other Blue Angel would score, but Mount Mary posted its best offensive inning of the year surging to a 4-0 lead.
That lead unfortunately didn't last very long, as MSOE was just as hot at the plate, notching an impressive eight runs on seven hits and one costly MMC error. The Blue Angels responded in the second with another leadoff single by Barker followed by an RBI shot from Edwards to pull within 8-5, but MSOE pushed a pair of two-out runs across to reclaim its commanding 10-5 lead.
Leverenz got things started in the third, reaching base on an error by the second baseman and advanced to second on a passed ball. Freshman Michelle Argenzio (Brookfield, Wis.) and junior Nina Her (Brown Deer, Wis.) both walked to load up the bases with one out, and Barker picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice. The errors continued for the Raiders, as Wolk picked up an RBI on a mishandled ball by the shortstop, scoring Argenzio from third. Just like she did in the first inning, Edwards hit a deep boomer to right center to knock around Barker and Wolk to pull to within one run, 10-9.
But just like that, MSOE blasted a seven-run response in its half of the third to surge away from any danger. Despite a deep triple to right center by senior Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) in the fourth, Mount Mary failed to push anyone across as the 17-9 score was made final.
Whereas the Mount Mary offense laid dormant for much of the season, it definitely came alive in Friday's matchup as the Blue Angels tallied season-highs in runs scored (9), hits (9), extra-base hits (2), triples (1) and team batting average (.360). MMC also tallied seven walks and committed just three errors—better showings than MSOE in both stat categories.
Edwards led the way going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and a season-best five RBI. Barker recorded her first multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored.
Also making the matchup special was both teams' commitment to Strikeout Cancer, raising money for cancer research. Through t-shirt sales and donations, Mount Mary, sporting pink socks and warm-up shirts for breast cancer awareness, raised over $340 and pooled its proceeds with those at MSOE which wore orange for leukemia awareness. A three-year-old brother of one of the Raiders who is battling child leukemia threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Milwaukee School of Engineering 17, Mount Mary 9 (5 innings)
Regents Rock Mount Mary in Home Softball Finale
WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Mount Mary wrapped up its compacted home schedule Wednesday at Hart Park, dropping a pair of outings against Rockford College, 12-1 and 15-0. The losses, both coming in a shortened five innings, drop the Blue Angels to 0-18 on the year.
After giving up a run in the first, Mount Mary threatened in the home half of the inning with senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) and sophomore Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) each receiving one-out walks. But the Regents were able to retain the lead after a flyout and a strikeout. Rockford would bat around in the second, pushing five runs across on seven hits, and added another run in the fourth to race out to a 7-0 lead.
The Blue Angel bats awoke in the fourth, as Edwards started things off with a single to left-center. Junior Nicole Ordway reached on a fielder's choice force-out at second to wipe Edwards off the base path, but a clutch RBI single to center by senior Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) and an incredibly athletic slide from Ordway broke the scoring drought. Unfortunately, it was all Mount Mary could create offensively as Rockford added five more runs in the fifth to force the run-rule, 12-1.
The Regents used great patience at the plate in game two, pouring out 14 runs on just nine hits in the first three innings alone. In turn, Mount Mary was held hitless until the fourth inning when Wolk and Ordway both punched one through the left side. Leverenz added a single to left in the fifth, but the Blue Angels were shut out for the eighth time this year, falling 15-0.
Mount Mary concludes its season against MSOE Friday in a double-header scheduled for 3 p.m. in downtown Milwaukee. Friday's double-header will also be the teams' Strikeout Cancer games, raising money for respective cancer research foundations.
Game 1: Rockford 12, Mount Mary 1 (5 innings)
Game 2: Rockford 15, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
MSOE Takes Two from Mount Mary on Senior Day
WAUWATOSA, Wis. – The Mount Mary softball team finished up a wild week of softball Sunday afternoon at Hart Park, dropping a pair of games to Milwaukee School of Engineering, 9-1 and 17-3.
It was the eighth game in four days for the Blue Angels, whose depth has consistently been an issue this season. And while the pitching tandem of sophomore Dani Christian (Pelican Lake, Wis.) and sophomore Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) has shown great improvement this season, neither could earn that first win of the season as they split hurling duties in the twinbill.
Christian took the loss in game one, but threw two very solid innings to begin the day strong. After stranding three Raiders on base, Edwards knocked senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) home on a single through the left side in the bottom of the inning to give Mount Mary just its second lead of the season, 1-0.
MSOE would respond in the third, scoring three runs on five walks before Edwards stepped in and finished off the inning with two straight putouts. The Raiders stayed hot in the fourth, posting four more runs on three walks, a wild pitch and a 2-RBI single to put the game away. The Blue Angels tallied just two hits in the game, both coming back in that first inning.
The Raiders blasted to a 7-0 lead in game two in the first inning alone, picking up four hits, two walks and a pair of tough Blue Angel errors. MSOE went up 16-0 after the fourth before Mount Mary's offense showed signs of life. Senior Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) led off with a double to right center and scored as Edwards reached on an error by the MSOE shortstop. Junior Nicole Ordway (Republic, Wash.) broke her hitless streak with a blooper up the right field line with just one out, but the Blue Angels would not score again until the fifth.
MSOE tacked on an insurance run in their half, before freshman Michelle Argenzio (Brookfield, Wis.) led off by reaching base on an error by the third baseman. Two quick strikeouts dampened the threat, but Barker dropped a perfect bunt single to not only move Argenzio to second, but also reach base herself. Wolk cracked a shot past the shortstop to load the bases, and Edwards came through with a clutch 2-RBI hit to centerfield. Yet it was far too little and much too late as MMC fell 17-3 in the shortened game.
Sunday was also senior day for the Blue Angels' two official seniors, Emily Barker and Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.). MMC also honored the MSOE seniors with a short presentation between games.
Mount Mary concludes its season this week, hosting Rockford College Wednesday at Hart Park before traveling downtown for a rematch with the Raiders. Game times for both double-headers are set for 3 pm and 5 pm. Friday's game will also be the Strikeout Cancer game, originally scheduled for last week. For details, check out the MSOE softball page.
Game 1: Milwaukee School of Engineering 9, Mount Mary 1 (5 innings)
Game 2: Milwaukee School of Engineering 17, Mount Mary 3 (5 innings)
North Park No-Hits Blue Angels
WAUWATOSA, Wis. – The Mount Mary College softball faced some very strong pitchers from North Park University in Saturday's double-header at Hart Park, suffering a hitless day en route to 11-0 and 5-0 defeats at the hands of the Vikings.
The story of the season for Mount Mary has been its offense—or lack thereof—as the Blue Angels had just six total base runners in Saturday's twinbill. The Viking pitchers struck out 19 Mount Mary batters, walked five and hit senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) in the first inning of game one. Otherwise it was tough going at the plate for the home team.
Defensively, the Blue Angels had six blunders in the first game that created a very long, five-run inning for North Park. Yet Mount Mary tightened the reigns and the sophomore pitching staff of Dani Christian (Pelican Lake, Wis.) and Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) caused several outs made by the Blue Angel defense.
Edwards pitched her best game of the year in the second game, picking up a complete-game, seven-inning 5-0 loss. She tallied gave up just seven hits and four walks while picking up a strikeout. She forced 12 NPU hitters into flying out, and six more to ground out against 34 batters faced.
The Blue Angels will battle its fourth double-header in as many days, hosting Milwaukee School of Engineering at 11 am and 1 pm at Hart Park. Sunday will also be the Blue Angels' senior day, honoring the tandem of Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) and Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.).
Following the conclusion of the games, Mount Mary Athletics will also host its Fourth Annual Blue Angel Banquet back on campus in the Alumnae Dining Hall. All five of Mount Mary's 2012-13 athletics will be honored, including this year's softball squad.
Game 1: North Park 11, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
Game 2: North Park 5, Mount Mary 0
Stritch Takes Two from Blue Angels in Home Opener
WAUWATOSA, Wis. – The sun was shining on a beautiful Friday for softball for Mount Mary's softball home opener, but it was crosstown rival Cardinal Stritch that took home a pair of victories by a matching 13-0 shutout victories at Hart Park.
Mount Mary looked strong in the first game, as the Stritch batters struggled adjusting to sophomore hurler Dani Christian (Pelican Lake, Wis.) in the circle. Christian, paired with a stout infield defense, held the Wolves scoreless through the first two innings of play—by far the Blue Angels' best start of the season.
Mount Mary threatened in the bottom of the second as senior Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) notched a two-out single through the right side. Freshman Michelle Argenzio reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, advancing Leverenz to third. But a big ensuing strikeout for the Wolves' pitcher stifled the threat. Mount Mary would only muster one other hit—a single up the middle by Christian in the fourth—as Stritch tacked on three runs in the third and a massive 10-run outburst in the fourth to seal the game one victory.
While there were plenty of runners on base for Stritch in game two, Mount Mary did a good job of keeping them there as 11 Wolves were left on base in the second stanza. Yet the offensive drought continued for the Blue Angels, who tallied only three hits in the game. Senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) knocked one through the left side in the first inning, Leverenz picked up here second hit of the day in the second inning and Christian added hit No. 2 in the fourth.
The pitching tandem of Christian and Edwards each picked up a loss on the day, but it has shown great improvement as the season progresses. With eight games remaining—four in the next two days—their continued ability to keep the ball in play will be crucial heading into the home stretch.
Saturday the Blue Angels will be back in action, hosting the Vikings of North Park University. Game time for the double-header is set for 1 pm and 3 pm at Hart Park.
Game 1: Cardinal Stritch 13, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
Game 2: Cardinal Stritch 13, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
Blue Angels battle, drop two at Lawrence
APPLETON, Wis. – The Mount Mary softball squad fought hard in the second game, but was shut out in Thursday's double-header at Lawrence University, 27-0 and 8-0. The loss drops the Blue Angels to 0-10 on the year, finally reaching double-digits in games played just one week before the season finale.
Sophomore catcher-turned-pitcher Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) took to the circle in both games against the Vikings, and despite a rocky start, finished the day very strong. Though the Blue Angel offense mustered just three hits on the day—two by Edwards herself—as Mount Mary is still looking for its first win of the year.
Edwards got started early at the plate in game one for Mount Mary, pushing a hard hit ball through the left side in the first inning. Unfortunately, it was one of few balls put in play by the Blue Angels, as Lawrence sat down the next 11 batters in order. Freshman Michelle Argenzio (Brookfield, Wis.) picked up her second hit of the season with a slap through the left side, but those were the only two hits of the game as the Blue Angels fell 27-0 in five innings.
Game two started out very positively for Mount Mary, as Edwards showed great perseverance from the pitching rubber. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Vikings finally put a trio of runs across in the second and added another three runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead after three innings. While they kept the game close, the Blue Angels just couldn't put any offense together before Edwards blasted a single off the centerfield wall in the top of the fourth.
Edwards' shot broke up what would end up being a near-perfect game for Lawrence's starting pitcher, who tallied nine groundouts, three flyouts and six strikeouts against 19 batters faced through six innings of work.
Edwards recorded her best pitching game of the season, giving up 12 hits and just five earned runs through 5.2 innings of work. She walked five and struck out two while causing 10 Viking groundouts and 5 flyouts against 36 batters faced.
Despite Edwards' solid efforts, Mount Mary was again plagued by defensive errors, as the Blue Angels recorded six blunders in the first game and three more in the second. Some timely hitting, paired with a clean defensive game are about all this squad needs to pick up that elusive first season win.
The Blue Angels will continue their busy week ahead as the compacted season draws to a close. Friday Mount Mary will see its home-opener at Hart Park against Cardinal Stritch University, in double-header fashion at 3 pm and 5 pm. Saturday the Blue Angels host North Park University at Noon and 2 pm, before finishing off an eight-game-in-four-day stretch against MSOE at 11 am and 1 pm Sunday. Stay tuned to our social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter) for the latest schedule changes.
Game 1: Lawrence 27, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
Game 2: Lawrence 8, Mount Mary 0 (6 innings)
Blue Angels Fall to Falcons on the Road
MEQUON, Wis. – After another week of washed out games, the Mount Mary softball squad returned to action Monday night at Concordia University-Wisconsin, falling to the host Falcons in a double-header 23-1 and 16-3.
The losses drop the Blue Angels to 0-8 on the year, while CUW improves to 22-10 overall.
Game one began with a difficult first inning in the circle, as the Falcons posted a 12-run home half of the stanza, before adding three more in the second. Concordia's pitcher was dominant on the mound, as Mount Mary struggled at the plate. Finally in the third inning, a walk issued to senior Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was followed up by a double off the centerfield fence by senior Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.), breaking up the no-hitter for CUW. However, it would be the only hit the Blue Angels could muster as they fell in game one, 23-1.
The Blue Angel offense was revived in the second game of the night, as Barker singled past the second baseman and Wolk added her second deep shot to center. Junior Nicole Ordway (Republic, Wash.) scored Barker on a fielder's choice to the right side to put the first run of the game on the board. Senior Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) reached on an error by the CUW shortstop, scoring Wolk from third, tallying two runs on two hits and an error.
The great start was quickly answered by the Falcons, whose leadoff batter, who was walked, reached third base after just six pitches. After CUW plated two runs, a sharp grounder was misplayed by Mount Mary, lengthening the inning considerably. When the smoke cleared, Concordia had answered with eight runs on four hits and two Blue Angel errors.
Mount Mary threatened again in the fourth inning as Ordway led off with a homerun to center field, her second homer of the year. Leverenz followed up with a shot to third, beating the throw for her first hit of the day. Yet Mount Mary would not score again, falling 16-3 in another five-inning contest.
Wolk, after going 4-for-5 against Alverno last week, continued her hot streak at the plate, finishing the day going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.
Mount Mary will remain on the road Tuesday evening, traveling to downtown Milwaukee for a delayed date with Milwaukee School of Engineering. Both teams will be sporting pink for the first Strikeout Cancer competition. Game times for the double header contest will begin at 3:00 p.m. and a short write-up about the details can be found on MSOE's website here.
SCHEDULE NOTES: While last week's slate of games against Wisconsin Lutheran, Maranatha Baptist and MSOE were cancelled, Mount Mary will add a home double-header against Cardinal Stritch University on Friday, April 26. A make-up home contest against MSOE will also take place Sunday, April 28, and the once season-opening double-header against Rockford will become the season finale, May 1. Check out the schedule page for the latest updates.
Game 1: Concordia-Wisconsin 23, Mount Mary 1 (5 innings)
Game 2: Concordia-Wisconsin 16, Mount Mary 3 (5 innings)
Mount Mary Resumes Play with Two Losses at Alverno
MILWAUKEE – After a long, 50-day layoff, the Blue Angels softball squad returned to action Monday night, traveling to crosstown rival Alverno College. The host Inferno took advantage of rough innings by Mount Mary hurlers in each game, posting a pair of victories 25-2 and 13-3.
The long layoff seemingly had no effect on Mount Mary's efforts in the first game, as after giving up a run in the bottom of the second, a perfectly executed double-steal scored sophomore third baseman Dani Christian (Elcho, Wis.). With senior centerfielder Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) standing safely at second, senior shortstop Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.) blasted a shot to deep left center for the team's first RBI of the game, and first lead of the season.
Alverno responded with a run in the bottom of the third, followed by a barrage of walks and timely hits to post 23 runs in the inning alone. Mount Mary could not answer, falling by a final score of 25-2.
Sophomore catcher-turned-pitcher Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) took the loss for the Blue Angels, but gave up just six hits with a strikeout. Christian came on in relief in the fourth, giving up five hits and earned her first strikeout of the season.
Head Coach Melinda Wallace put Christian back in the circle to start game two, but a pair of Mount Mary fielding errors and patient hitting from Alverno saw the Inferno post an 8-spot in the bottom of the first inning.
Alverno would eventually take a 12-0 lead after three innings before the Blue Angels finally got on the scoreboard. Christian hit a dribbler back to the pitcher that scored freshman left fielder Tracy Boutell (Brown Deer, Wis.) in the fourth inning, and senior Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) pasted one to deep left center to score junior shortstop Nicole Ordway (Republic, Wash.). Sophomore right fielder Nina Her (Brown Deer, Wis.) also hit one past the Alverno right fielder, scoring Leverenz, but that was all Mount Mary could muster, falling 13-3 in five innings.
Barring another cancellation, Mount Mary's next game will be against Milwaukee School of Engineering at Hart Park, Friday April 19 at 3pm and 5 pm. Should MSOE's Wednesday games against Rockford be rained out, the MSOE/MMC double-header will be moved to Saturday afternoon, also at Hart Park. Stay tuned to these and our Facebook pages for updates.
Game 1: Alverno 25, Mount Mary 2 (5 innings)
Game 2: Alverno 13, Mount Mary 3 (5 innings)
Stubborn Winter Hindering Softball Schedule
Softball Team Edits Early-Season Schedule
MILWAUKEE - The Mount Mary Softball team was forced to rearrange its first two home matchups of the season due to the lingering winter weather. Sunday's scheduled doubleheader against Presentation College (S.D.) will be officially cancelled, while next Tuesday's home contests against Rockford College will be postponed to a later date.
The Blue Angels will play all of their home games at Hart Park this year, which like much of the region, is still under considerable snow and ice.
The next matchup on the schedule is next Wednesday, March 27, against North Central College. Weather permitting, the double-header will commence promptly at 3 p.m.
Mount Mary battles but loses four at Finlandia Dome Tournament
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Mount Mary College softball team hit the road for its longest trip of the year, a season-opening tournament hosted by Finlandia University at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome, this past weekend. The Blue Angels played hard, but dropped all games of a four-game series against host Finlandia, Lakeland, Edgewood and Marian.
"I am pleased with the on-field leadership of our experienced players," first-year Blue Angels head coach Melinda Wallace said. "Our offense plated some runs, so that is very encouraging. We know where we have to go from here."
Mount Mary played some stellar defense against the host Lions to open the tournament Friday morning, but the bats were silent in an 8-0 loss. Finlandia's junior hurler Alyson Herman tallied nine strikeouts in the win, as the Blue Angels summoned just one hit in their 2013 debut. Sophomore pitcher Jess Kelly (Burbank, Ill.) blasted a ground-rule double to right center to lead off the second inning, and sophomore catcher Katie Edwards (Mackinaw, Ill.) moved her to third on a sac bunt. Yet Kelly would be stranded on third as Mount Mary's only base-runner of the five-inning game.
The Blue Angels won the coin flip and was selected as the home team for their second outing of the day against Lakeland and the Muskies' leadoff batter started the game off with a deep homer to left. Three more runs would score before Mount Mary could respond with a solid inning of its own. Senior outfielder Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) pasted a leadoff triple of her own in MMC's half of the inning and was sacrificed home with a near-dinger from junior shortstop Katie Wolk (Oshkosh, Wis.). Junior infielder Nicole Ordway (Republic, Wash.) reached on an error, Kelly was hit by a pitch and Edwards knocked out a single to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately, the rest of the batting order couldn't push anyone across in the rest of the inning, nor the rest of the game as Mount Mary failed to have a base-runner past the second inning for the second straight game. Barker had a nice afternoon at the plate against Lakeland, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
Mount Mary returned to the Superior Dome Saturday, and after a long delay finally took to the field against Edgewood College. After word that Kelly would not be available to pitch Saturday, Coach Wallace was forced to do some reshuffling and put Edwards in the circle. The Eagles took advantage early, scoring three runs on two hits and an error to take the quick lead. But for the second straight game, Barker led the Blue Angels off with a single that was misplayed by the Edgewood right fielder and cruised into third base. Wolk again hit a deep fly to left to sacrifice Barker home for the first run of the game, and Edwards and senior infielder Ashley Leverenz (Mauston, Wis.) each found a hit in the opening frame, but that was essentially all Mount Mary could muster, falling 14-1 after five.
The second game on Saturday and fourth game overall pitted Mount Mary taking on Marian. The Sabers pounced early and often, throttling the Blue Angels 32-2. Despite the lopsided defeat, Ordway got her offense on track with a no-doubter over the centerfield fence to score Barker, doubling the run total through the first three games combined. Edwards also picked up a hit in the third inning, right after Ordway sent one up the middle. Yet consecutive strikeouts ended any further scoring threat.
Game 1 – Finlandia 9, Mount Mary 0 (5 innings)
Game 2 – Lakeland 17, Mount Mary 1 (5 innings)
Game 3 – Edgewood 14, Mount Mary 1 (5 innings)
Game 4 – Marian 32, Mount Mary 2 (5 innings)
Mount Mary welcomes Wallace as softball coach
The Mount Mary College Department of Athletics has named Melinda Wallace its head softball coach for the 2013 season.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity," Wallace said Monday. "I'm excited to meet the girls and see what we can do at Mount Mary this season."
The Salem, Ohio, native brings a vast array of coaching and playing experience to the Blue Angels, including the soon-completion of a Masters of Coaching Education from Ohio University. Wallace received her Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, in 1993 where she was a four-year NCAA Division II Cross-Country and three-year Track & Field standout for the Eagles.
Wallace, currently residing in Oshkosh, Wis., has eight years of softball-focused coaching history in both Ohio and Wisconsin. Most recently, she worked with the Oshkosh Fast Club and the Raider Silver 12U Travel Team. She also spent the past season as an assistant volleyball coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., for head coach Matt Schoultz.
Wallace, in her first NCAA head-coaching position, inherits a program that went 9-25 overall last season. Yet despite a tough start, the Blue Angels finished the season 7-8 overall and were playing their best ball of the year in April—a fact Wallace will look to build upon.
One notable returner for Mount Mary is Jessica Kelly (Burbank, Ill.), who finished No. 5 nationally in Division III batting average with an impressive .507 mark at the plate. Kelly also ranked No. 3 in on-base percentage with a blistering .604 clip.
Wallace is the fourth new head coach at Mount Mary this season, joining head volleyball coach Kelsey Peterson, head basketball coach and Director of Athletics Michelle Guyant-Holloway and Joe Shokatz' promotion from assistant to head soccer coach this season.