For Second Straight Year, Five Spartans Tabbed All-UAA; Wennerberg Named Player of the Year

For Second Straight Year, Five Spartans Tabbed All-UAA; Wennerberg Named Player of the Year

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Led by co-Softball Player of the Year, sophomore Annie Wennerberg (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake), the Case Western Reserve University softball team placed five on the 2015 All-Association Team announced by the UAA office on Friday.

The Spartans placed a league-high tying three student-athletes on the All-UAA First Team in freshman outfielder Katie Wede (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), Wennerberg, and senior second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola). Senior outfielder Ashley Parello (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and senior designated player Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity) were second-team selections. Wede was also named 2015 Rookie of the Year.

Wennerberg, UAA co-Player of the Year and First Team All-UAA Selection, has posted one of the best years in the history of Case Western Reserve University softball. Wennerberg leads NCAA Division III with 20 home runs, shattering the previous CWRU single-season record of 10. Wennerberg also broke the single-season school record for runs batted in with 60 through the regular season. The sophomore also led the way for the Spartans by winning a team-high and UAA third-best 15 wins on the mound with a team-high 91 strikeouts.  

Wede ranks sixth in the UAA with a .416 batting average to go along with two home runs, 13 doubles, 22 RBI and a .966 fielding percentage. She was named to the UAA All-Tournament team in March after the Spartans took fourth place.

O'Brien, a three-time first-team All-UAA selection, ranks first on the squad and fourth in the UAA with a .438 average. She is a four-year starter and ranks first all-time in program history with a .389 batting average. In 160 games played, O'Brien has recorded 39 doubles and 87 RBIs. In addition to ranking first in average, she is first in CWRU history in hits (218) and triples (13) and is tied for fourth in games played (160). 

Parello, a repeat second-team All-UAA selection, has had a career year with a .371 batting average, seven homers, 40 RBIs and 16 doubles. Back in March, she recorded four home runs in three games and drove in nine runs to be tabbed UAA Softball Hitter of the Week.

Breaking the school record for career RBIs with 136, senior Roberts has started all 43 games during her senior season and has tallied 13 doubles and seven home runs with a .387 batting average. 

The Spartans concluded the regular season with an overall record of 32-11. The team's 32 wins are the most in program history passing the previous record in 2001 (31-10). The team will now play the waiting game in hopes of obtaining an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Regionals.