Alumni updates: Hayfield’s Wagner set to play in NCAA softball tournament
Published 10:22 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hayfield grad Dani Wagner helped the Gopher softball team win the Big Ten and now she’ll try to help them in the NCAA Softball Tournament.
Wagner, a sophomore shortstop at the University of Minnesota, has played in 40 of Minnesota’s 53 games this season. She has an on-base percentage of .429 and 14 runs scored in eight at-bats to go along with six stolen bases on six attempts. Defensively, she has an .884 fielding percentage.
Minnesota is 41-12 and it has played in the last four NCAA tournaments. The Gophers will play in a four-team, double-elimination tournament regional in Seattle as they take on North Dakota State University Friday.
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Austin grad Sydney Murphy, who is a freshman infielder at the University of La Crosse, was named to the 2016 Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region Third team.
Murphy started all 40 games for UWL and she led the team with a .381 batting average. She was second on the team with 26 RBIs and second with 43 hits total.
Murphy had a team-best 13-game hitting streak from March 2 through April 2 and she ranked fourth in the WIAC in batting average.
UWL went 26-14 overall this season.
The NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Team included individuals representing the WIAC, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Midwest Conference and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
Austin grad Danielle Tschann has a chance to play in the Super Regionals with the University of St. Thomas Friday.
Tschann, a senior catcher/infielder with the Tommies, has played in 29 games with a batting average of .269 this season. She has one home run, 13 RBIs and five runs scored.
The No. 12 ranked Tommies (41-6 overall) will take on Trine University (33-12 overall) in Angola, Indiana 3 p.m. Friday.
Blooming Prairie grad Tricia DeBoer finished her senior season at St. Cloud State University on a strong note.
DeBoer hit .280 with four doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs for the Huskies (26-29 overall). DeBoer had a fielding percentage of 100 and she was 8-for-10 on steals.
BP grad Shelbi Swenson finished her junior season at Bethel University with a batting average of .147 and two RBIs as she played in 26 games. Swenson had a fielding percentage of .973.
Hayfield grad Tyler Nelson finished his career at Bemidji State on a high note when he was named All-NISC First Team this spring.
Nelson, who was one of four outfielders to earn all NISC honors, was named to the Academic All-NISC as well, started 49 of the Beaver’s 50 games and he set the program’s single season hit record with 89 hits, the second most in the conference. His 18-game hit streak during the season was the longest in the program’s history and Nelson led the Beavers with a a batting average of .434 to go along with 45 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
He set a BSU career record with a .375 batting average.
Nelson finished his BSU career with 194 hits, the second most ever in the program, and 115 runs. He also set the single season triple record with six and the career triples record with nine.
Former Lyle-Pacelli standout Jordan Hart is set to play in the NCAA Division II Tournament with Minnesota State University when the Mavericks take on top-seeded St. Cloud State in St. Cloud 5 p.m. Thursday.
Hart, a freshman at MSU, is hitting .316 with six doubles, four triples, six homers and 34 RBIs.
Austin grad Nik Gasner pitched in five games for Iowa Lakes Community College this season. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs, while striking out eight.
Austin native Steve Serratore has played in 30 games this season for Kansas State University. Serratore is hitting .310 with eight doubles, one triple, three homers and 22 RBIs for KSU (26-26 overall).