May 17, 2012
STARKSVILLE, Miss. -- Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini), freshman RHP/DP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) of the University of Michigan softball team each earned a place on the NFCA Great Lakes Region second team as announced by the NFCA on Wednesday (May 17).
Wagner, who was the unanimous selection for Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, has a 29-5 record this season with a 1.55 earned run average. She threw six complete-game shutouts and combined for two more. Her total of 29 wins is the eighth-highest single-season total at Michigan and the second most by a Wolverine freshman. At the plate, Wagner carries a .154 batting average with four home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Chidester, fresh off her second consecutive Big Ten Player of the Year honor, earned the second-team nod at first base after batting .354 with a slugging percentage of .609 and an on-base percentage of .454 this season. Chidester leads the team with 12 doubles and 44 RBI while ranking second with nine home runs. The first baseman boasts 13 games with at least two hits, including two games with four, and leads the team with 14 multi-RBI games. She ranks second on Michigan's all-time RBI list with 198.
Driesenga rounds out Michigan's honorees, earning a spot on the team at utility/pitcher. She leads Michigan in batting average (.375), slugging percentage (.614) and on-base percentage (.486) after earning a spot in the lineup after Michigan's March 21 contest against Eastern Michigan. Since becoming a regular in the batting order, Driesenga has reached base in 28 straight contests. She hit a two-run, walk-off home run in U-M's 4-2 win over EMU on May 1 and has six homers on the season. In the circle, Driesenga has a 9-10 record with a 2.53 ERA and leads the pitching staff with three saves.
A total of 263 players representing 129 different institutions comprise this season's regional teams, including first and second teams for each region.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-America teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.
Michigan, which is making its 18th consecutive and 20th overall NCAA appearance, will take on Kentucky in the first game of the Louisville Regional on Friday (May 18) at 4:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2.
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