Clarksville, Ark.-Jodie Clark, Kara Bartholomew, Shannon Rainbolt, Dana Marvin and Erica Newell earned a spot on the list of the 2004 softball American Southwest Conference East division postseason award winners selected by the league coaches and announced yesterday by ASC media relations director Amy Carlton.
Clark earned ASC All-East Division First Team honors while Bartholomew and Rainbolt were named to the ASC All-East Division Second Team. Marvin and Newell earned honorable mention All-East Division. Clark, a 5-5 freshman outfielder from Springdale, started in 25 games for the Lady Eagles and finished second on the team in batting (.333) and runs (24). Clark led the team in on-base percentage (.402) and stole seven bases while maintaining a .933 fielding percentage. Clark had six multiple hit games, including three games with three hits. She finished the season with 12 RBI. Clark’s best performance of the season came against LeTourneau University when she went 3-for-4 with four RBI and scored three runs to lead Ozarks to a 12-7 win. Bartholomew, a 5-7 freshman outfielder from Lake Hamilton, led the team in batting (.364), hits (40) and stolen bases (17). Bartholomew was a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen bases, setting a new single-season school record and ranking her sixth in the conference in that category. Her .364 average ranked her sixteenth in the ASC and her 40 hits placed her fifteenth in the league. Rainbolt, a 5-8 junior outfielder from Vilonia, led the team in runs (31), at bats (113) and walks (19) while ranking second in stolen bases (16) and third in hits (33). Rainbolt, a two-time all-conference performer, finished sixth in the conference in runs, fourth in walks and eighth in steals. Marvin, a 5-10 sophomore right-handed pitcher from Cabot, led the team in wins (9), earned run average (3.33), innings pitched (92.0) and strikeouts (55). Marvin, who went 9-4 on the mound, now owns the single-season school record in strikeouts and winning percentage (.692). Newell, a 5-9 sophomore first baseman from Panama, Oklahoma, started in all 37 games for the Lady Eagles and led the squad in slugging percentage (.411) and tied for the team lead in doubles (7). She tied for the team lead in RBI (21) while finishing second on the team in hits (37) and third in batting (.330). Newell, who earned ASC Hitter of the Week honors in March, ranked thirteenth in the conference in RBI. "These five girls made an impact not only on our team, but also in the conference," said head coach Jon Janssen. "They carried us all season and each really deserved the recognition and I’m glad the other coaches in the conference took notice of that. All five of these players are returning next season and this is something that they can build on. Their honors have set a positive tone and high excitement level for next season."