Former Lady Jeep Dorsam Named Midwest Softball Region Player of Year

rp_primary_mackenzi_dorsam_9188EVANSVILLE (USI Sports Information) — University of Southern Indiana senior second baseman MacKenzi Dorsam (Dubois, Indiana) has been named the Daktronics, Inc. Midwest Region Softball Player of the Year in a vote by the region’s sports information directors, while sophomore outfielder Grace Clark (Indianapolis, Indiana) was named second-team All-Midwest Region.

Dorsam, the GLVC Player of the Year, led the Screaming Eagles to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time in three years as she led the GLVC during the regular-season in batting average (.461), slugging percentage (.879), on-base percentage (.556), runs scored (47), hits per game (1.48), total bases (124), and RBIs per game (1.14).

A third-team All-American as a utility player a year ago, Dorsam also was second in the league during the regular-season in RBIs (50), runs scored per game (1.07), walks (27), walks per game (0.61), and plate appearances per game (3.89). She ended the regular-season ranked third in the league in hits (65) and fourth in home runs (15).

The Midwest Region Player of the Year award is the first in program history for the Eagles, who advanced to the championship round of the NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament.

Clark finished the year with a .368 batting average, 12 doubles, six home runs, and 30 RBIs. She was one of four Eagles to finish with at least 30 RBIs and more than five home runs.

The second-team All-GLVC honoree played a big role in USI’s NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament wins over Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University. Her at-bats accounted for three runs in USI’s 4-2 win over Grand Valley State, including the game-winning runs in the seventh inning. She had a two-run home run in the third inning against Wayne State, while her at-bat in the eighth inning led to another tally.

USI, which set school-records for home runs (42), RBIs (231), and winning percentage (.780) in 2015, finished the year with a 39-11 record.

First team
Catcher: Madison Zbaraschuk, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis
First Base: Brianna Butler, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis
Second Base: MacKenzi Dorsam, Sr., Southern Indiana
Shortstop: Alex Stupek, So., Missouri-St. Louis
Third Base: Lindsey Stephens, Sr., Trevecca Nazarene
Designated Player: Faith Song, Sr., William Jewell
Outfield: Casey Williamson, Sr., Indianapolis
Outfield: Taylor Menhart, Sr., Ashland
Outfield: Katie Rutledge, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis
Pitcher: Hannah Perryman, Jr., Missouri-St. Louis
Pitcher: Morgan Foley, Jr., Indianapolis
Pitcher: Sarah Alley, Jr., Ashland
Utility (non-pitcher): Ashli King, Jr., Illinois Springfield
Utility (pitcher): Lyndsay Butler, So., Wayne State

Second team
Catcher: Lex Van Nostrand, So., Truman State
First Base: Jen Moore, Jr., Ashland
Second Base: Amanda Maxon, Sr., Lake Superior State
Shortstop: Taylor Kline, Fr., Ohio Dominican
Third Base: Jade McGarr, Jr., Wayne State
Designated Player: Taylor Russell, Sr., Indianapolis
Outfield: Kristen Lucas, Fr., Wayne State
Outfield: Grace Clark, So., Southern Indiana
Outfield: Bekah Kastning, So., Hillsdale
Pitcher: Haley Fagan, Jr., Trevecca Nazarene
Pitcher: Casi Rohr, Sr., Walsh
Pitcher: Bridgette Sappington, So., Rockhurst
Utility (non-pitcher): Kelly Wallace, So., Ohio Dominican
Utility (pitcher): Ally Foster, Jr., Bellarmine