Clarksville, Ark.-Five University of the Ozarks softball players have been named to the American Southwest Conference East Division Honorable Mention team, announced by the league office on Monday.
Senior Dana Marvin, junior Brooke Grice, sophomore Chelsea Joslin and freshmen Dara Clark and Danielle Dirks were voted to the team by the 14 league head coaches. Marvin, a 5-10 right-handed pitcher from Cabot, led the team in innings pitched (87.1), strikeouts (84) and complete games (5). It was the third consecutive season Marvin led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched. Marvin picked up a team-best one save and posted a 4.17 ERA with a 2-9 record on the mound. Marvin’s best game of the season came against Greenville College when she pitched a 7-inning complete game shutout and recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts. She ends her three-year career as the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts (237). She ranks second at Ozarks in career innings pitched (302.2), wins (17), complete games (30), appearances (64) and games started (45). She was named to the Honorable Mention team in 2004. Grice, a 5-6 third baseman from North Little Rock, finished third on the team in batting (.295), tied for third in hits (31), fourth in RBI (11) and runs (13) and fifth in total bases (35). Grice had nine multiple-hit games and seven contests with two hits. Grice’s best game of the season came against Eureka College when she went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI. She received Honorable Mention honors last season. Joslin, a 5-8 utility/first baseman from Claremore, Okla., led the team in RBI (24) for the second straight season. Joslin finished second on the team in batting (.310), home runs (3) and slugging percentage (.410). She ranked third on the team in total bases (41) and tied Grice for third in hits (31). She is the school’s all-time home run leader (12) after just two seasons and ranks second in career RBI (58). She was named Honorable Mention last season. Clark, a 5-5 left fielder from Farmington, tied for second in the ASC in stolen bases (18). She led the team in batting (.347), hits (33), runs (18) and stolen bases. Her 18 stolen bases set a new single-season school record. She had a team-best .980 fielding percentage. The speedy left-hander had ten multiple-hit games and hit safely in 20 of 33 contests. Her best game of the season came against LeTourneau when she went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Dirks, a 5-4 shortstop from Farmington, led the team in home runs (4), total bases (48) and slugging percentage (.500). She finished second in RBI (19) and doubles (8). She had seven games with two hits and had a team-best 6 total bases against LeTourneau and Sul Ross State. Her best performance of the season came against Sul Ross State when she went 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI. “When you get recognized at the conference level, it makes your team that much stronger,” said head coach Elizabeth Caroscio. “These five have a knowledge of the game and continue to display a strong work ethic and determination to do good things on the field. The younger players gained a lot of experience this season and were able to contribute significantly. With two freshmen and a sophomore being recognized on the all-conference team, the future is good for this program.”