May 6, 2009
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VERMILLION, S.D. - Utah Valley University senior second baseman Magan Niemann was named to the 2009 Division I Softball All Independent First Team while sophomore outfielder Meghan Woodworth was selected to the Second Team which was announced Wednesday.
UVU junior third baseman Jessica Anderson, junior outfielder/pitcher Amber Sackett, and senior catcher/outfielder Kylee Steadman were all recognized as Honorable Mention selections.
"I am happy for all the girls, they worked hard and deserve any recognition they receive," UVU head softball coach Todd Fairbourne said. "Niemann is very deserving of the first team honor. Along with Steadman she was are most consistent producer all year. No surprise with Woodworth either as she made a name for herself last year as the Freshman of the Year."
Niemann (Sr., South Jordan, Utah/Bingham H.S.) was named to the All-Independent First Team after she led Utah Valley with a team-high .400 batting average during her senior campaign. She started every game (43) for the Wolverines in 2009 and topped the team in hits (56), total bases (77), triples (5), on base percentage (.444), and tied for the team lead in RBIs with 34. Her even .400 batting average puts her second All-Time in the UVU single season record books. At the midway point in the season was flirting with a .500 batting average as she reached her peak at .484. Niemann stepped up numerous times in big situations as the senior hit .459 with runners in scoring position and .500 with the bases loaded. She began her senior season with a team high 16-game hitting streak and had 13 multiple hit games as well as seven multiple RBI games.
Woodworth (So., Milford, N.H./Milford H.S.) was named to the All-Independent Second Team after she started 41 of the teams 43 games in center field and only missed the last two of the season due to injury. She hit .364 from the leadoff spot in the lineup including scoring a team high 36 runs as well as leading the team in doubles with 13. She also led the team in stolen bases as she was 13-for-14 in that department. Woodworth had a slugging percentage of .515 and an on base percentage of .437. She was third on the team in total hits with 48. When leading off the inning at the plate hit an impressive .493. Woodworth had 13 multiple hit games and a hitting streak of eight games on the season. She was also a 2009 team captain.
Anderson (Jr., Spanish Fork, Utah/Spanish Fork H.S.) was selected as a Honorable Mention All-Independent after she hit .306 for UVU including a team tying tops four home runs. She held a .472 slugging percentage as well as a .379 on base percentage. Anderson finished with 33 total hits and six doubles. She is also a very hard nosed defensive third baseman at the hot corner as she only committed six errors and had a .958 fielding percentage. Anderson finished a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base opportunities and hit .500 with the bases loaded and .324 with runners in scoring position. Anderson was also a 2009 team captain.
Sackett (Jr., Taylorsville, Utah/Bingham H.S.) was selected as a Honorable Mention All-Independent in her first year at UVU after she hit .371 overall. She had a high slugging percentage of .524 and an on base percentage of .442. Sackett was second on the team in doubles with 10 and third in total hits with 48 in 40 games played. She produced all season long in the clutch as she hit .419 with runners in scoring position, including an impressive .571 clip with the bases loaded. She had not pitched since high school but when Coach Fairbourne needed another pitcher this season she stepped up and appeared in 18 games and pitched 64.1 innings. Sackett had 10 multiple hit games as well as an eight-game hitting streak on the year. She was a true utility player for UVU as she started games in right field, left field, second base, third base, pitcher, and as the designated player.
Steadman (Sr., Lehi, Utah/Lehi H.S.) was selected as a Honorable Mention All-Independent after she was second on the team with a .383 batting average. She also held a team high slugging percentage of .594 and was fourth in on base percentage with .436. Steadman tied for the team lead in RBIs with 34 and home runs with four. She also finished second on the team in hits with 49 in 42 games played and total bases with 76. She concluded her career at Utah Valley on a current 11-game hitting streak. Steadman led her squad with 14 multiple hit games as well as nine multiple RBI games as well as hit .393 with runners in scoring position. When Steadman was behind the plate calling the balls and strikes her team was 9-5. She was the Great West Conference Player of the Week on April 13, 2009 after she hit an impressive 11-19 (.611) including seven RBIs the previous week. Steadman was a very consistent big left-handed bat in the Wolverines lineup all season long.
University of South Dakota outfielder Tagney Jones (Player of the Year), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville pitcher Kaitlin Colosimo (Pitcher of the Year),
University of Northern Colorado outfielder Melisa Ryba (Co-Freshman of the Year), Seattle University's Hannah Klein (Co-Freshman of the Year) and SIU Edwardsville's Sandy Montgomery (Coach of the Year) received top honors in the NCAA Division I All-Independent Softball Team voting.
Every head coach from all the NCAA Division I softball teams as well as the softball sports information directors from each school voted to determine the All-Independent Teams.
The teams that made up the 2009 Div. I Independent Softball were: Bryant, CSU Bakersfield, Houston Baptist, Idaho State, Longwood, N.C. Central, Northern Colorado, North Dakota, Savannah State, Seattle Univ., SIU Edwardsville, South Dakota, and Utah Valley.