Bergeson and Olson Garner Third Team All-Big Ten Accolades
May 13, 2009
CHICAGO - The Big Ten Conference announced the All-Big Ten teams on Wednesday and the Hoosiers had two players named to the third team, senior shortstop Emily Bergeson (Cleveland, Ill.) and sophomore utility player Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill.). Senior Julie DiNallo was named the Sportsmanship Award nominee for the Hoosiers as well.
It is the first time either player has been named to a postseason all-conference team and the first time since 2006 that the Hoosiers have had a player named to any of the postseason teams. That year was also the last time that two Hoosiers were recognized on the conference postseason teams, as Lauren Hines (first team) and Mariangee Bogado (second team) received the honors.
"Our staff could not be more proud of Emily and Sara for receiving this honor," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "Both of them are very deserving of this recognition for all of the hard work that they put in to get to this point."
Bergeson was the leading hitter on the year for the Hoosiers and hit .327 in Big Ten play and scored a team-high 14 runs. She also paced the team with four home runs and nine runs batted in. The senior also posted a .636 slugging percentage and her 10 walks in addition to her 18 hits gave her an on-base percentage of .431.
"Emily was a leader this year and has left her mark on the IU Softball program in just three years," said Gardner. "She set things up for us at the plate by batting in the leadoff spot and was our defensive leader at shortstop as well. For her to receive this honor at such a deep position (shortstop) in this conference is truly a testament to her hard work."
Olson did a little bit of everything for the Hoosiers in her second year, and that versatility helped earn her the third team nod. She was the starting pitcher in 12 of the 20 league games and had eight complete games. Her 80 innings pitched were tied for seventh most in the conference. She recorded 57 strikeouts in conference play, and 20 were on a called third strike, the eighth most in the conference. At the plate, she hit .259 with two home runs, eight RBI and a team-leading six doubles.
"For Sara, this could be the first step for her on the road to becoming an extremely good player in this league. She showed that she could still have an impact on the game when she is not pitching by playing first base and keeping her powerful bat in the lineup. She improved immensely over the course of the season, evidenced by her no-hitter against Ohio State, and has set the bar at a new level for her junior season."
DiNallo, a second baseman for the Hoosiers, was named the Sportsmanship Award nominee. Each team nominates one person from the team that displays sportsmanship on and off the field throughout the season.
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