Softball has six players on All-MIAC team

Softball has six players on All-MIAC team

MIAC news release

NFCA news release


Conference champion St. Thomas had six players among 36 named to the All-MIAC Softball honor team for 2017.

Three of those UST players have also been named to the NFCA All-Region team -- sophomore 2B Melissa Barry made first team; sophomore utility player Chase Shortly made second team; senior OF Megan Bush made third team.

Barry, Shortly and Bush were joined on the All-MIAC first team by senior DH Brenna Walek; freshman 3B Elise Barnes; and sophomore OF Dana Connelly.

This was Walek's third All-MIAC honor, and Barry and Connelly were repeat honorees.

The Tommies (37-9) face St. Catherine (35-12) this weekend in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at the SCU diamond.


Player Highlights

Shortly leads the team in RBI (40), hits (54) and doubles (20) while batting .378.

Barry is batting .374 wth 52 hits with 34 runs, 16 steals and 12 RBI, and has just one error in 178 defensive chances. In 11 postseason games in 2016, Barry had 15 hits and eight runs.

Barnes is hitting .359 with 42 hits, 26 RBI and 10 walks in 45 games, with 14 extra-base hits and 14 steals. She has a 12-game hitting streak, with a .450 batting clip in that span (18-for-40, 15 runs, 11 RBI). After a slow start she's batting .388 over her last 34 games. Barnes is batting 10-for-19 with two walks, eight RBI and eight runs in six postseason games.

Walek, a 2014 All-America, has 35 career home runs to rank in the top five in conference history. In 176 career games she also is hitting .322 with 123 RBI, 141 hits, 69 runs, 38 doubles and 69 walks. 

Bush leads the team with a .422 average, with 21 extra-base hits and 38 RBI. She has 111 hits while batting .349 over the last three seasons. She's 11-for-19 in six postseason games thus far.

Connelly is batting .318 with 41 hits, 24 runs, 18 RBI and nine walks. She went 2-for-6 with a walk last weekend in three NCAA playoff games. In 11 postseason games in 2016, Connelly had 12 hits, 11 RBI and four doubles.