Softball Leads Horizon League With Season Accolades

Head coach Michelle Venturella named the Coach of the Year for the second time in five seasons.
Head coach Michelle Venturella named the Coach of the Year for the second time in five seasons.

May 7, 2013

CHICAGO - Devin Miller was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, while head coach Michelle Venturella was selected as the Coach of the Year. The Flames also placed five members on the all-Horizon League First Team, one on the Second Team and one to the all-Newcomer Team.

It was the second time that Venturella has been selected as the Horizon League Coach of the Year. She also earned the honor in 2009, and has now led the team to a first-place finish in the Horizon League and the honor of hosting the Horizon League Championship.

Junior Natalie Hernandez, seniors Kara Komp, Melissa Preish and Devin Miller, along with freshman designated player Laura Swan were named to the all-Horizon League First Team. Senior Coryn Schmit earned Second Team honors, while Swan was also named to the all-Newcomer Team.

Among the other League award winners are Cleveland State's Dara Toman, who was selected as the Player of the Year with teammate Erica McNew being named the Newcomer of the Year. Toman, McNew, Loyola's Lauren Moore, Brooke Andresen and Brittany Gardner, Valparaiso's Joylyn Ichiyama, Sara Cupp (Detroit) were also selected to the Horizon League First Team.

Joining Schmit on the Second Team is Samantha Snodgrass (Youngstown State), Jessica Hrncar (Green Bay), Valparaiso's Janelle Bouchard, Brittany Duncan, Kaitlyn Ranieri and Taylor Weissenhofer, Cynthia Woodward (Cleveland State), Youngstown State's Vicky Rumph and Casey Crozier, Wright State's Kaitlyn Kite and Krystian DeWitt and Brie Pasquale of Loyola.



The Horizon League Tournament begins Wednesday as No. 4 Cleveland State contends fifth-seeded Wright State at 11:00 a.m. (CT) at Flames Field.

2013 Softball Awards

Player of the Year

     Dara Toman, Cleveland State         

Newcomer of the Year

     Erica McNew, Cleveland State        

Pitcher of the Year

     Devin Miller, UIC

Coach of the Year

     Michelle Venturella, UIC   

All-League First Team

     Dara Toman, Cleveland State

     Natalie Hernandez, UIC

     Erica McNew, Cleveland State

     Lauren Moore, Loyola

     Joylyn Ichiyama, Valparaiso

     Kara Komp, UIC

     Sara Cupp, Detroit

     Brooke Andresen, Loyola

     Melissa Preish, UIC

     Laura Swan, UIC (Designated Player)

     Devin Miller, UIC (Pitcher)

     Brittany Gardner, Loyola (Pitcher)

Second Team

     Coryn Schmit, UIC

     Samantha Snodgrass, Youngstown State

     Jessica Hrncar, Green Bay

     Janelle Bouchard, Valparaiso

     Cynthia Woodward, Cleveland State

     Brittany Duncan, Valparaiso

     Kaitlyn Ranieri, Valparaiso

     Brie Pasquale, Loyola

     Vicky Rumph, Youngstown State

     Kaitlyn Kite, Wright State (DP)

     Taylor Weissenhofer, Valparaiso (P)

     Krystian DeWitt, Wright State (P)

     Casey Crozier, Youngstown State (P)

All-Newcomer Team

     Erica McNew, Cleveland State

     Laura Swan, UIC

     Brie Pasquale, Loyola

     Taylor Weissenhofer, Valparaiso

     Marissa Michalkiewicz, Green Bay

     Susan Knight, Cleveland State

     Janelle Bouchard, Valparaiso

     Cynthia Woodward, Cleveland State

     Kayla Kostich, Detroit