Rivett Named Horizon League Coach of the Year
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – After leading her team to its first ever Horizon League regular season championship and top seed in the conference tournament beginning today, Green Bay softball head coach Jean Rivett was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, as voted on by her peers.
All told, the Phoenix earned eight all-league nods. Joining Rivett on the list of honorees were senior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.), junior Marissa Michalkiewicz (Appleton, Wis.) and sophomore Briana Cavin (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) on the first team, while seniors Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) and Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) earned a spot on the second team. Katelyn Huemmer (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Heather Sanderson (Rapid River, Mich.) and Allie Taylor (Waunakee, Wis.) were all tabbed to the All-Freshman squad.
Co-Players of the Year honors went to Valparaiso’s Kaitlyn Ranieri and Youngstown State’s Miranda Castiglione. Pitcher of the Year was Youngstown State’s Casey Crozier, while teammate Sarah Dowd was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
It is the second honor for Rivett in her career after she also took home honors in 2005 after leading the Phoenix to a Horizon League Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. This season, Rivett has led her team to an overall record of 24-12 and 11-5 in the League, finishing in the top spot after it was predicted to finish in sixth in the preseason poll.
For the first time since 2011, the Phoenix garnered a spot on the first team with the trio of Reinke, Michalkiewicz and Cavin each earning the honor.
Starting all 36 games in center field for the Phoenix, Reinke currently leads the team with 11 doubles and a .438 on-base percentage, and has an active 21-game reached safely streak while going a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts. She stands third on the team hitting .351 with 39 hits, 26 runs scored and 13 RBI. Her batting average currently ranks seventh in the conference and her on-base percentage sixth, while the 11 doubles are fifth in the program single season record book. In conference games, she is hitting .353 and is second on the team with 18 hits and two home runs while posting a team-best six doubles. It is the second honor of her career after taking home second-team honors during the 2012 season.
Michalkiewicz earned her second all-league accolades after being named to the all-freshman team a season ago. Starting all 36 games in the outfield, she has a team-leading 43 hits, four triples and 33 RBI with a .600 slugging percentage, while standing second hitting .358 with nine doubles and four home runs. Her batting average stands fifth, slugging percentage seventh and RBI total is third in the League, while the 33 RBI are second in the program single season record book. In Horizon League play, she started all 16 games and hit a team-best .365 with 19 hits and 11 RBI.
Taking home honors for the first time in her career, Cavin currently leads the conference with a 1.74 ERA in 44.1 innings of work. She has appeared in 10 games with seven starts and posted a 7-1 record with two complete games and one shutout. In Horizon League action she is 4-1, making six appearances with four starts with a 2.30 ERA.
Butts earned all-league honors for the second time in her career after being named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team as a freshman in 2011. She has appeared in 28 games with 25 starts at catcher and DP and currently leads the team hitting .382 with 29 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI.
Serving as the top starter for the Phoenix this season, Nannemann has appeared in 20 contests with 14 starts, posting a record of 8-7 with a 2.19 ERA, nine complete games, two shutouts and three saves. In 102.1 innings of work, she has struck out 62 batters and held the opposition to .250 hitting. She shined during conference play, making 10 appearances with seven starts and a 4-4 record and an impressive 1.94 ERA. She threw five complete games, two shutouts and one save, and struck out 40 in 54.0 innings of work. It is the first honor of her career.
Huemmer appeared in 34 games with 28 starts for the Phoenix in her first season, hitting .238 with 19 hits, 17 runs scored and nine RBI while going 4-for-7 on the basepath. She appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts during the conference slate of competition, hitting .263 with 10 hits, 12 runs scored and five RBI.
After missing last season Sanderson has made an impact in the circle this season, appearing in 15 games with 12 starts while posting a 6-3 record, 3.23 ERA and team-leading 64 strikeouts. She tossed six complete games, one shutout and two saves in 69.1 innings with the opposition hitting .294. In conference action, she went a perfect 3-0 in seven appearances and five starts with a 3.14 ERA, three complete games and one save. She also struck out 34 in 29.0 innings.
Serving primarily as DP, Taylor appeared in 26 games with 23 starts during her first season. She is hitting .281 with 18 hits, five doubles, 10 RBI and five runs scored. In conference games, she hit .212 in 13 appearances with 11 starts, tallying seven hits and five RBI.
The Phoenix returns to action today, playing the winner of No. 4 Youngstown State/No. 5 Cleveland State at 5:30 p.m. CST.
Erica McNew, Cleveland State
Natalie Hernandez, UIC
Kaitlyn Ranieri, Valparaiso
Miranda Castiglione, Youngstown State
Miranda Reinke, Green Bay
Marissa Michalkiewicz, Green Bay
Cynthia Woodard, Cleveland State
Jacki Fletcher, UIC
Erica Polidori, Oakland
Jess Gorman, Wright State
Casey Crozier, Youngstown State (pitcher)
Briana Cavin, Green Bay (pitcher)
Kayla Kostich, Detroit
Alyson Broschk, Cleveland State
Paige Peterson, UIC
Jenna Marsalli, UIC
Taylor Lawson, Valparaiso
Shannon Butts, Green Bay
Courtney Ewing, Youngstown State
Sarah Ingalls, Youngstown State
Christa McGahuey, Detroit
Sarah Dowd, Youngstown State
Krystian DeWitt, Wright State (pitcher)
Ashley Nannemann, Green Bay (pitcher)
Taylor Lawson, Valparaiso
Kelly Kennedy, UIC
Kaley Waalkes, Oakland
Jorgi Calombaris, Valparaiso
Heather Sanderson, Green Bay
Katelyn Huemmer, Green Bay
Allie Taylor, Green Bay
Libby Pfeffer, Wright State
Becka Peterson, Wright State
Sarah Dowd, Youngstown State
Co-Players of the Year: Kaitlyn Ranieri, Valparaiso & Miranda Castiglione, Youngstown State
Pitcher of the Year: Casey Crozier, Youngstown State
Freshman of the Year: Sarah Dowd, Youngstown State
Coach of the Year: Jean Rivett, Green Bay
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