Saints' Walter Named UMAC Coach of the Year

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Saints' Walter Named UMAC Coach of the Year

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- St. Scholastica softball coach Jen Walter was named on Monday as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) coach of the year, and seven of her players also received all-conference honors.

Walter guided her team to 32 wins this season, the most since 2006, and the program's second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

The Saints had four players named to the all-conference first team, those being Merryssa Tiedeman, Theresa Tauer, Darcy Roach, and Bonnie Kowalcyk.

Tiedeman led the UMAC in runs scored with 48, only two shy of tying the single-season program record. The senior center fielder was also named to the UMAC all-defensive team for the third straight season.

Tauer, meanwhile, finished second in the conference in runs scored with 39, also collecting 57 hits and 43 runs batted in. She is just one hit away from becoming the third player in program history to have 200 hits in a career, and was also named the UMAC all-defensive team at third base.

Roach earns this honor for the first time in her career, having led the conference with 19 wins and 157 strikeouts on the hill this season. She pitched every inning of the UMAC postseason tournament, striking out 24 and walking only one batter.

Her battery partner is catcher Bonnie Kowalcyk, who earns first team honors for the third consecutive season. She led the UMAC with nine home runs and 94 total bases, and she set a single-season program record with 56 runs batted in.

Duluth native Molly Jazdzewski and Jordan Spiering earned honorable mention for the Saints, and Duluth native Ally Sweeney was named to the all-defensive team.

St. Scholastica will be taking on Luther College in the NCAA regional tournament on Friday, with first pitch set for 10:00 a.m.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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