Dreessen named first team All-NSIC

With a career year in her final season as a Mustang, Southwest Minnesota State softball player Amy Dreessen has been rewarded with a spot on the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team for the 2013 season, the conference announced Wednesday.

Dreessen, a native of Elkhorn, Neb., led SMSU in batting average(.436), runs (28), hits (51), doubles (12), triples (2), RBIs (28), slugging percentage (.726), walks (29), on-base percentage (.554) and had the fewest strikeouts (14).

In NSIC games, Dreessen finished first in the conference in hits (35), on-base percentage (.577), chances (230) and putouts (227). She was second in plate appearances (104), tied for second in doubles (9), was third in batting average (.443) and tied for fourth in total bases (59). She also ranked sixth in runs scored (22), 10th in slugging percentage (.747) and tied for 11th in home runs (5).

Dreessen leaves SMSU ranking in the top five in school history in career on-base percentage (.436), walks (91), hit-by-pitch (13), chances (1,311), putouts (1,269), doubles (33) and home runs (18). Her .436 batting average and .554 on-base percentage during her senior season are both SMSU single-season records.

Minot State’s Jen Dixon was named the NSIC’s Player of the Year and teammate Mandy Greenberg was named the NSIC Pitcher of the Year.

Upper Iowa’s Jacqueline Flood earned conference freshman of the year honors, the University of Mary’s Cherlyn Trujillo was the newcomer of the year, and Minnesota-Duluth’s Jen Banford was selected as the NSIC Coach of the Year.