Hiram College

CLEVELAND, OHIO  —  Five members of the Hiram College softball team have been selected to the 2010 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were released today (Friday, May 14) for their efforts this season.  In addition, senior pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) has been tabbed the NCAC Player of the Year for the second straight year.  [2010 All-NCAC Teams]

Dropsey and freshman designated hitter/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) were both first-team picks.  Junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) were tabbed second-team selections, while junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) earned honorable mention accolades.

Hiram ended the 2010 season with a 20-17 overall record and made a third straight appearance in the NCAC postseason.  The Terriers also recorded their third 20-win season in the past four years.

Dropsey earns All-NCAC honors for the third straight season, including her third consecutive first-team selection.  This season, she finished second on the team in batting average at .403 (58-of-144) and led the team in runs scored (26) and stolen bases (11).  She was also third in RBI at 20 to go along with two triples and five doubles.  In addition, Dropsey was the team’s top pitcher with a 1.99 earned run average and a 14-12 record.  She led the team in every statistical category having made 30 appearances, including 24 starts, with 14 complete games, four shutouts and a save.  In 158 innings, Dropsey struck out 127 batters (10 strikeouts shy of her school record 137 she set in 2009).  Against conference opponents, she led the league in hits (29) and was second in total bases (33).  On the mound, Dropsey led the NCAC in innings pitched (80.1), strikeouts (62) and appearances (13) while posting a 7-5 record.

For her career, Whitney is the most decorated and one of the best players in program history.  She owns or shares 12 single-season and career records.  As a pitcher, she owns single-season records for appearances (34), wins (18), innings pitched (182.1), strikeouts (137) and is tied for the single-season save record (one) and fewest walks (13).  Whitney currently owns the career record for wins (40), lowest ERA (2.48), appearances (89), winning percentage (.611) and strikeouts (322).   In addition, she also owns the career record for stolen bases (43).

Singer earned her first All-Conference Award and becomes the second Terrier in program history to garner first-team All-NCAC accolades as a freshman.   This spring, she played in all 37 games and started 34.  Singer finished third on the team in batting average at .379 (39-of-103) and was tied for second in doubles with nine.  She also recorded one triple, knocked in 19 runs and scored 11 runs.

Langland returned to the team this season after a year off and capped her comeback season with her first All-NCAC honor.  She led the team in batting average at .414 (46-of-111), triples (six) and RBI (28).  She was also second on the team in homeruns (three) and runs scored (25).  In addition, Langland ended the year second in stolen bases with 10 (10-of-11 overall).  Defensively, Langland posted a .967 fielding percentage as the team’s starting first baseman recording 223 putouts and 13 assists.

Smith earns All-Conference accolades for the first time in her career.  She batted .260 at the plate (26-of-100) with a homerun, three triples, three doubles, 16 runs scored and eight RBI.  Her three triples ranked second most on the team.  Smith had a strong season defensively as the team’s starting center fielder with a .968 fielding percentage and tallying 56 putouts, five assists and comitting just two errors.

Ervin was tabbed honorable mention for the first time and it is also her first All-NCAC selection.  She started all 37 games and ended the 2010 season fourth on the team in batting average at .286 (30-of-105), including leading the team in doubles with 12.  She also hit a homerun, scored 15 runs and had 18 RBI.  As a catcher, Ervin had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 169 putouts and 22 assists.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.