The UD women’s softball team has had a fairly successful season this year. The team finished fifth in conference with a final conference record of 9-15 and made it to the tournament. There, they unfortunately lost to both Schreiner University with a score of 7-10 and Trinity University with a score of 0-4.
While their season may not have ended on a high note, five of the players received awards for their performance during the 2017 season. Seniors Avery Finch and Allison Kotlar received 2017 All-SCAC Honorable Mentions, freshman Mackenzie Tano made All-SCAC 2nd Team, sophomore Stephanie Cervantes made the SCAC All-Tournament Team, and freshman Jade Miller made both 2017 All-SCAC 1st Team and Co-Player of the Year.
Miller was an early season asset to the team as she posted a season batting average of .469 and led the team in stolen bases, ending the season with 30. Miller had 61 hits at the end of season, which set a new individual program record. She is the second player in the UD program to earn such an award; the last to receive it was in 2009 while the Crusaders were still in the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I). Miller is also the third Crusader to make the All-SCAC 1st team in the program’s history.
“I felt very honored to have received the award,” Miller said. “I am so grateful to Coach Krysiak for allowing me the opportunity to be apart of the University of Dallas softball team this season. I know that without the support of my teammates and coaches I would not have become the player that I am today. I am blessed to have come into such a welcoming [place] and to have received such an amazing award.”
Miller worked hard during the 2017 season both on and off the softball field. She consistently worked on hitting and other fundamentals during her time off in order to help lead her team toward success. She hopes to continue having a successful career and help her team be successful as well.
“[She] is a confident player and a great teammate, and it was reassuring to have her out there no matter what [position] she was playing,” freshman Leticia Morales said. “She loves the game and constantly works to better herself as a player. She definitely loves the game and it shows in her stats.”