May 11, 2004

NKU SOFTBALL PLAYERS HONORED

Four Norse named first team All-Great Lakes Region

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Four Northern Kentucky University softball players have been named NCAA Division II All-Great Lakes Region, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced.

Sophomore pitcher Krystal Lewallen, junior first baseman Angie Lindeman, sophomore second baseman Ricki Rothbauer and junior center fielder Stephanie Leimbach each earned first team All-Great Lakes Region accolades. In addition, NKU junior pitcher Emily Breitholle was named second team All-Great Lakes Region.

Lewallen, a native of Crestwood, Ky., and a graduate of South Oldham High School, is 31-3 this season. Lewallen enters the NCAA Division II national finals having set school records for strikeouts (293), innings pitched (242.2), earned run average (0.26 ERA), shutouts (18), complete games (30) and wins (31).

She was also named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year this spring and earned NFCA Division II National Player of the Week honors in March.

Rothbauer, from Louisville, Ky., and a graduate of DuPont Manual High School, is hitting .348 with a team-leading eight triples. She has also scored a school-record 46 runs and ranks second on the team with 71 hits.

Leimbach, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, and a graduate of Hilliard Darby High School, leads the team in hitting with a .381 average. She also has an NKU single-season record 74 hits and ranks second on the squad with 42 runs scored. Leimbach was named to the Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team last week.

Lindeman, a native of North Canton, Ohio, and a graduate of Hoover High School, has knocked in a Norse single-season record 50 runs this spring. She also has a team-leading four home runs and is batting .298.

Breitholle, from Hamilton, Ohio, and a graduate of Fairfield High School, owns a 16-2 record with a 1.10 ERA. She also has six shutouts this spring for NKU, which is 54-5 entering the national finals.

Ricki Rothbauer