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Softball Places Four On All-Conference Team

May 6, 2008
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Four University of the Ozarks softball players received American Southwest Conference East Division All-Conference honors following a division-only vote by head coaches, the ASC office announced on Tuesday.

Senior catcher Chelsea Joslin was named to the ASC All-East Division Second Team. Senior second baseman Jessica Pianalto, freshman utility player Sarah Otteman and freshman first baseman Kaitlyn Poirier made the East Division Honorable Mention Team.

Joslin, a 5-foot-9 native of Claremore, Okla., compiled her fourth straight season in which she proved to be among the top hitting threats in the ASC. Joslin currently ranks in the top ten in the league in five different offensive categories. She is second in home runs (10), fourth in slugging percentage (.729), fifth in batting (.424) and RBI (45), eighth in total bases (86) and ninth in on-base percentage (.478). She led the team in nearly every major offensive category and posted a .979 fielding percentage behind the plate. One of her best games of the season came against Mississippi College when she went 2-for-3 with 6 RBI. She had two homers and 5 RBI against Texas-Dallas. She had 11 games with two or more RBI, and collected 15 multiple-hit games. She closes out her career as the program leader in home runs (32), RBI (131), slugging percentage (.647) and total bases (281). She is second in career batting (.378) and hits (164). She owns single-season school records in homers (10), RBI (45) and total bases (86). Her 32 career home runs were two short of tying the conference record. She is a four-time All-Conference player.

Pianalto, a 5-foot-6 native of Springdale, Ark., hit .278 with 17 RBI and scored 24 runs. The versatile Pianalto stole 9-of-10 bases and collected 45 total bases. She went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI against LeTourneau University on April 6. She finished 2008 with seven, two-hit games. She stole 25-of-29 bases in her career. She is the school career leader in games played (155) and is second in walks (46).

Otteman, a 5-foot-9 native of Lockport, Ill., ranks ninth in the ASC in batting (.402). Otteman was second on the team in batting, RBI (24), doubles (6), hits (47), runs (26), slugging percentage (.547) and on-base percentage (.466). Otteman also was the team leader in ERA (3.11) and saves (4). Her best game at the plate was against Hendrix College when she went 3-for-5 with 5 RBI. She finished a perfect 4-for-4 against Texas-Dallas. She had 14 games with two or more hits.

Poirier, a 5-foot-6 native of Miami, Fla., led the team in doubles (10), runs (28) and at bats (128). She ranked third on the team in batting (.344), hits (44), RBI (21) and slugging percentage (.531). She finished her freshman campaign with 68 total bases and 4 homers, both second-most of the team. Poirier hit a grand slam against Mississippi College to propel Ozarks to a 9-4 win. She had two hits in nine different games.