STARKVILLE, MISS. — Hiram College senior softball pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) earned yet another postseason award and becomes the first Terrier to earn Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-American accolades. She is also the only player from the North Coast Athletic Conference to be tabbed All-American this season. [AFCA All-American Teams]
Dropsey was a third-team All-American selection as a utility player after leading Hiram to 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.
This marks the fourth post-season award for Dropsey after earning first-team All-Region accolades for the second time in her career in addition to being named first-team All-NCAC for the third straight season and back-to-back NCAC Player of the Year honors. In addition, she has been recognized for her efforts in the classroom as a first-team CoSIDA (College Sports Information Driectors of America) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for the second consecutive season and third Academic All-District award in her career.
In 2010, 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).
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