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Lauko, Kile, Eppard, and Lucchesi highlight All-MIAC selections

May 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec ’19
(L to R) Anna Lauko, Sam Kile, Katie Eppard, and Corrie Lucchesi
(L to R) Anna Lauko, Sam Kile, Katie Eppard, and Corrie Lucchesi

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Four members of the Carleton College softball team were recognized for excellence on the field of play this season as the MIAC coaches handed out their postseason awards. Sophomore Anna Lauko (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) was voted to the All-MIAC team for the second consecutive year, while teammates Sam Kile (So./Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks) and Katie Eppard (Jr./Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) also earned spots on the all-conference squad. Junior Corrie Lucchesi (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech) received All-Conference Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year.

A total of 18 players were tabbed to the All-MIAC team in both 2016 and 2017, but Lauko is one of only six sophomores to achieve the feat. She becomes the seventh Knight to take home all-conference consideration following each of her first two collegiate campaigns.

Lauko batted at an overall .443 clip on the year with a .522 on-base percentage. Those figures were both second-best among conference players this year and ranked her sixth in the Midwest Region. Despite being a leadoff hitter, Lauko boasted an impressive .588 slugging percentage, which ranks as the 12th-best in the conference this year. Her batting, on-base, and slugging percentages rank, respectively, as the fourth, fifth, and sixth-best single-season figures in recorded program history. Lauko also led MIAC outfielders with her 1.000 fielding percentage (0 errors in 45 total chances) during the regular season.

Kile, the consummate workhorse in the pitching circle, earned her first all-conference nod. She concluded the season having pitched a whopping 149.0 innings, fourth-most in the MIAC during the regular season. Her 2.16 earned run average was also sixth-best in the conference. The right-hander struck out 139 batters on the year, which tied for third in the MIAC during the regular season. Kile was no slouch at the plate either, batting .315 to go with 18 runs batted in and a home run.

Eppard also made her debut on the All-MIAC team after making a name for herself at the plate. Her .394 batting average was second on the Knights and 10th among conference players. She drove in 23 runs, again second on the squad. Her on-base percentage of .447 was 14th-best in the MIAC, while her .509 slugging percentage ranked among the conference top-20.

Lucchesi started all 34 games for the Knights and batted .358 from the plate this season, third-best on the team. She is the 19th player in program history to notch two of more seasons of all-conference recognition.

As part of the conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 11th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for softball. Senior Mia Orans (Sr./San Francisco, Calif./Piedmont) was selected by her coaches and teammates as an individual who demonstrates ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

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