The Knights went 48-12 in 2016
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Marian University softball team is ranked eighth in the final poll of 2016. Marian earned 392 total points. The Knights jump up from 17th in the previous poll.
The Knights went 48-12 in 2016 and earned their first ever berth to the NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City, Iowa. Marian won out of the Lindsey Wilson Bracket in Columbia, Kentucky with wins over Southern Oregon (6-4), and Lindsey Wilson (3-1). The Knights lost a game to Lindsey Wilson 4-1 before defeating them 2-1 in the championship game.
Earning the eighth-seed in the World Series, the Knights defeated Williams Baptist in their opening game, 2-0. Marian lost their final games to Oklahoma City University 3-2 and to Saint Gregory's 4-0.
Head coach Scott Fleming earned his 400th career victory on April 12th in the 9-1 victory over Mount Vernon Nazarene. Juniors Erica Miller, Hannah Williams, Kaitlyn Williamson, and Amanda Wintrow all earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards. Junior Logan Personett was named NAIA Second Team All-American as well as First Team At-Large by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Crossroads League honors also abounded for the Knights. Personett was named Co-Player of the Year. Freshman Breena Smith was selected as Co-Pitcher of the Year. Freshman Morgan Burtron earned the honor of Newcomer of the Year. Williams was named All-Conference while sophomore Carly Greene earned Honorable Mention All-Conference. Four Knights earned Golden Glove Awards: Miller in the outfield, junior Riley Cripe as a catcher, Williams at second base, and Personett at third based. Five Knights were named to the All-Tournament team: Smith, Williams, Personett, junior Vanessa Lay, and junior Mackenzie Reeder. Head coach Scott Fleming was voted Crossroads League Coach of the Year. The Knights were named Crossroads League regular season champions and also won the conference tournament.