MUNCIE, Ind. - - Five members of the Ball State softball program were recognized Monday on the College Sports Madness Mid-American Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams.
The players selected to the preseason all-conference teams were chosen by the staff at College Sports Madness and are expected to make significant contributions to their respective programs in the upcoming season.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was junior outfielder Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) who was named the preseason Field Player of the Year as well as to the preseason all-conference first team.
Freshman Sasha Margulies (San Diego, Calif./Westview) was the group's preseason pick as the league's Freshman of the Year, while senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana), junior third baseman Audrey Bickel (Munster, Ind./Andrean) and sophomore right fielder/designated player Hanne Stuedemann (Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan) were named to the preseason all-conference second team.
Gilbert, the 2012 MAC Player of the Year, picked up numerous postseason honors following her sophomore campaign, including National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region First Team, First Team All-MAC, College Sports Madness MAC Field Player of the Year and College Sports Madness MAC All-Conference First Team.
A member of the Canadian Women's National Team this past summer, Gilbert posted a .338 batting average with 66 hits, including 41 multi-base knocks, in 195 at bats for the Cardinals last season. She set Ball State single season records for home runs (18), doubles (19), runs scored (64) and total bases (147) in 2012.
Carpenter was named to the All-MAC Second Team after starting all 55 games in center field for the Cardinals last season. She posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, while boasting a .335 batting average with 61 hits in 182 at bats, including 19 multi-base hits. Her 94 total bases were the ninth-best single season total in program history, while her six home runs tied for 15th.
Bickel was named to both the All-MAC Second Team and the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team after starting all 55 games for Ball State last season, including 54 starts at third base. She tallied a .345 batting average with 58 hits in 168 at bats last season, and ranked ninth in the league with a .589 slugging percentage and 10th in the conference with a .437 on base percentage. Her 99 total bases and 49 RBI were the fifth-best single season totals in program history, while her 10 home runs were sixth.
Stuedemann was named to both the All-MAC Second Team and the MAC All-Freshman Team last season after playing in 51 games and earning 48 starts, with 25 coming as the designated player and 23 in right field. She posted a .315 batting average with 47 hits in 149 at bats last season, while her 27 walks were the ninth-highest single season total in BSU annals. Her 44 RBI in 2012 is the seventh-best single season total in program history. She also reached base safely in 40 consecutive games at one point last season.
Margulies joins the Cardinals this season after posting a .484 batting average her senior year at Westview High School in San Diego, Calif., last season. She tallied 10 doubles and five home runs as a senior, while also posting a .529 on-base percentage. A two-time Westview Offensive Most Valuable Player, she was also a 2012 All-CIF San Diego Section, two-time First Team All-San Diego CIF North County (2010, 2012), two-time First Team All-Palomar League (2010, 2012) and two-time Softball All-Academic San Diego Union Tribune (2011, 2012) honoree over her career.
College Sports Madness Mid-American Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams
Field Player of the Year: Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
Pitcher of the Year: Paris Imholz, Bowling Green
Freshman of the Year: Sasha Margulies, Ball State
Coach of the Year: Shannon Salsburg, Bowling Green
P Jamie Kertes, Bowling Green
P Paris Imholz, Bowling Green
P Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan
IF Alexis Curtiss, Buffalo
IF Alissa Birkhimer, Akron
IF Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green
IF Raven King, Ohio
IF Rachel Ratcliffe, Akron
OF Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
OF Lindsay Tobias, Toledo
OF Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois
UTIL Lauren Gellerman, Ohio
P Lauren McClary, Ohio
P Emma Johnson, Kent State
P Brittany Maurer, Akron
IF Kayla Ledbetter, Miami
IF Sammi Gallardo, Buffalo
IF Keelia Nester, Akron
IF Audrey Bickel, Ball State
IF Shelby Miller, Northern Illinois
OF Shanyn McIntyre, Miami
OF Hanne Stuedemann, Ball State
OF Amanda Carpenter, Ball State
UTIL Chelsea DeLamielluere, Central Michigan