Maggie Mullen, Kelsey Neal Lead Five Bears on All-UAA Softball Team
St. Louis, Mo., April 26, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had five student-athletes named to the 2013 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced Friday by the conference office.
Junior outfielder Maggie Mullen and junior utility player Kelsey Neal were named to the first team, while junior infielder Stacy Berg, senior outfielder Ashley Janssen and senior catcher Sondra Polonsky picked up second team accolades.
Mullen is one of seven juniors on the all-UAA first-team, batting .400 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs. A first-team all-UAA honoree for the third-straight season, she is fourth in the league in runs scored (34) and sixth in batting average (.400).
Neal, who earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career, is having one of the top offensive seasons in school history. She is batting .395 with a team-leading 14 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBIs. Neal ranks in the top-10 in the UAA in five offensive categories, leading the league in doubles (14) and is second in RBIs (50).
Berg picked up second-team all-UAA honors for the second time in her career, also doing so as a freshman at Brandeis University in 2010. She has emerged as a long-ball threat for the Bears, batting .324 with a team-leading eight home runs and 35 RBIs. Berg ranks third in the UAA in RBIs (35) and fourth in home runs (eight).
Janssen, a second-team honoree for the second-straight year, has emerged as the one of the top leadoff hitters in the conference with a .463 batting average. She has recorded 17 multiple-hit games this season, and ranks in the top-three in five offensive categories: first in hits (56), second in batting average (.463), on-base percentage (.529) and runs scored (37), and third in walks (17).
Polonsky, who also earned second-team honors in 2010, is hitting .272 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. She leads the conference and is fifth in NCAA Division III in sacrifice flies (four), and has allowed just 23 stolen bases against her in 36 games played.
Washington University has a 25-11 overall record and placed second at the 2013 UAA Championship Tournament with a 5-3 mark. The Bears have recorded 25 or more wins in 11-straight seasons, and are seeking their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.