Morningside had the GPAC pitcher and coach of the year to highlight the Mustangs’ selections on the 2016 All-GPAC Softball Team.
Morningside’s Aubrey Voboril, a senior pitcher from Wahoo, Neb., was named the 2016 Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Pitcher of the Year to headline the Mustangs’ selections on the 2016 All-GPAC Softball Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Voboril is joined on the All-GPAC First Team by teammates Abby Conner, Rachel Henks, Rachel Koch, and Elin Landgren.
In addition to having five players tabbed to the All-GPAC First Team, Morningside’s Jessica Jones-Sitzmann was named the 2016 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach of the Year after she guided the Mustangs to both the regular season and post-season tournament GPAC championships. Morningside has a 44-8 record and will compete in the 2016 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round as the host of the double-elimination Morningside Bracket slated for May 16-18 at the Elizabeth and Irving F. Jensen Softball Complex.
Jones-Sitzmann, in her 18th season as the Mustangs’ head coach, has a 610-335 career record for a .646 winning percentage for the most coaching triumphs in Morningside history. She has led Morningside to six GPAC regular season championships, seven GPAC Post-Season Tournament championships, and seven NAIA National Tournament appearances in the last eight years. She was also named the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014.
Voboril has a 19-2 record with three saves and a 1.54 earned run average. She has allowed 128 hits and 19 walks and struck out 128 batters in a team-high 149.2 innings pitched. Voboril has won 14 consecutive decisions and leads the Mustangs with eight shutouts. She pitched abbreviated five-inning perfect games against Dordt College in the regular season and against Doane College in the GPAC Championship Series.
Henks, a junior pitcher from Lee’s Summit, Mo., combined with Voboril to give Morningside the premier starting pitching tandem in the GPAC. Henks has a 21-4 record with a 1.64 earned run average and a team-high five saves. She has a team-high 168 strikeouts and has allowed 114 hits and 34 walks in 149.1 innings. Henks pitched a no-hitter with 19 strikeouts against Dakota State University and also twirled a no-hitter against Dordt.
Conner, a sophomore third baseman from McCook Lake, S.D., is the Mustangs’ leading hitter with 60 hits in 161 at-bats for a .373 batting average with seven doubles, three triples, and a team-high 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. She also tops the Mustangs with 26 walks and a .677 slugging percentage and is their co-leader with a .455 on-base percentage.
Koch, a junior infielder-outfielder from Denison, Iowa, is batting .369 with 39 RBIs. Koch is the Mustangs’ second leading hitter with her .369 batting average and also ranks second on the team with 12 doubles, three triples, and six home runs. She leads the team with 65 hits.
Landgren, a junior catcher from Des Moines, Iowa, has a .333 batting average with a team-high 16 doubles and four triples to go along with two home runs, 18 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. Landgren also leads the Mustangs with 51 runs scored and is their co-leader with a .455 on-base percentage.
Morningside placed McKenzie Anderson, a junior outfielder from Lincoln, Neb., and Allie Martinez, a junior catcher from Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the All-GPAC Second Team.
Anderson has a .317 batting average with eight doubles, one home run, 29 RBIs, and seven stolen bases.
Martinez has a .299 batting average with seven doubles, five home runs, and 39 RBIs. Martinez is the Mustangs’ best contact hitter with only four strikeouts in 157 at-bats.
The Mustangs’ Emilee Dorpinghaus and Morgan Fogelman were both named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Dorpinghaus, a junior second baseman from Ankeny, Iowa, has a .319 batting average with six doubles, two triples, one home run, 26 RBIs, and a team-high 11 stolen bases.
Fogelman, a junior outfielder from Elkhorn, Neb., has a .266 batting average with seven doubles, six home runs, 40 RBIs, and seven stolen bases. She ranks second on the team in both home runs and RBIs.
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