Hiram College

HIRAM, OHIO  —  Senior softball player and two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) has earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honors by the College Sports Information Driectors of America (CoSIDA) for the second straight year and it marks her third All-District Award overall.  As a first-team selection, Dropsey becomes eligible for the Academic All-American ballot which will be voted upon at a later date.  [ESPN The Magazine All-District IV Team]

Dropsey is a biology major with a minor in chemistry and currently has a 3.58 grade point average.  She has helped lead Hiram to a 20-15 overall record this season, including leading the Terriers to their third straight NCAC Tournament appearance  in 2010 after capturing the tournament title last season.

Heading into this weekend’s conference tournament, Dropsey leads the team in batting average at .416 (57-of-137) and has scored a team-best 26 runs and stolen a team-high 11 bases (11-of-10 overall).  She is also third in RBI at 20 to go along with two triples and four doubles.  In addition, Dropsey is also the team’s top pitcher with a 1.85 earned run average and a 14-10 record.  She leads the team in every statistical category having made 28 appearances, including 22 starts, with 13 complete games, four shutouts and a save.  In 147-and-a-third innings, Dropsey has struck out 120 batters (17 strikeouts shy of her school record 137 she set in 2009).  Her 1.85 ERA, 120 strikeouts, 28 appearances lead the NCAC while her 14 wins, 147.1 innings pitched and 22 starts are second or tied for second best in the conference.

For her career, Whitney is the most decorated and one of the best players in program history.  She owns or shares nine single-season and career records.  As a pitcher, she owns single-season records for appearances (34), wins (18), innings pitched (182.1), strikeouts (137), fewest walks (13) and is tied for the single-season save record (one).  Whitney currently owns the career record for wins (40) and strikeouts (283).   In addition, she also owns the career record for stolen bases (39).

She is a two-time first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference award winner (2008-09), was the 2009 NCAC Player of the Year, first-team Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region (2009) and was a first-team CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree in 2009 and a second-team pick in 2008.  Dropsey has earned the NCAA “Toughest to Strikeout” Award on two occassions (2007-08) and is the only Division III player to do so and only the second player at any level (Div. I, II or III) to earn the award.  Coming into this weeked, Dropsey has 507 career at-bats and has recorded one strikeout at the plate.

Dropsey and the Hiram softball team will travel to Granville for the 2010 NCAC Tournament that begins tomorrow (Friday, May 7).  The Terriers will be the number three seed and will take on the second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops in the first game of the day at 10 a.m.  Denison University repeats as the top seed and will host the two-day event.  For more information about the tournament, please click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5492 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.