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Jillian Van Wagnen Earns Academic All-MAC Honors

Ohio's Jillian Van Wagnen

Aug. 6, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio – Following the best offensive season in program history, Ohio Softball was recognized on Monday by the Mid-American Conference for strong academic performances. Jillian Van Wagnen was named to the Academic All-MAC Team while eight of her Bobcat teammates earned Honorable Mention status.

Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) was an integral member of the Bobcats’ successful 2012 season. Her performance was beyond impressive in the outfield, behind the plate as well as on base. The senior started all 57 games of the season, amassing 75 putouts, five assists and no errors yielding a perfecting 1.000 fielding percentage.

In addition to her outfield perfection, Van Wagnen finished the season with the team high in five statistical categories: batting average, at-bats, hits, triples (tied for first) and stolen bases. She posted a .362 batting average and accumulate 64 hits, 38 runs, 19 RBI, two doubles, two triples and one home run. Finishing the season with a .412 slugging percentage, Van Wagnen only struck out 12 times in her 177 at-bats. She tied for second on the team with a .389 on-base percentage and led the Bobcats in stolen bases with an impressive 30 out of 37 attempts. Van Wagnen completed the season with hits in 43 of 57 games and, at one point, registered a hit in 20 of 21 games. For these impressive accomplishments, Van Wagnen was named Second Team All-MAC on May 8.

Van Wagnen was recognized alongside eight of her teammates on Monday, as Alyssa Wolfe, Brooke Morgart, Chelsea Hortman, Erin Lashley, Jenna Giusti, Lauren Gellerman, Raven King and Tessa Bailey all earned Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention status. See below for each of these student-athlete’s accomplishments during the 2012 season.

Alyssa Wolfe: Alyssa Wolfe proved to be a valuable asset for the Bobcats during the 2012 season primarily as an outfielder and as a pinch runner. She appeared in 43 of Ohio’s 57 games, starting in 21. In 45 at-bats, Wolfe registered seven hits, 12 runs, two doubles and two RBI finishing the season with a .156 batting average and a .200 slugging percentage. With an on-base percentage of .255, Wolfe was successful in her only attempt at a stolen base at Ball State on April 6. She accumulated 19 putouts, one assist and only two errors yielding a .909 fielding percentage.

Wolfe was especially impressive during MAC play, playing in 20 out of 22 games and starting in 15. She accumulated six of her seven hits, both of her doubles, both of her RBI, her stolen base as well as 10 putouts for a perfect fielding percentage during the Bobcats’ MAC contests. During MAC play, the sophomore elevated her batting statistics achieving a .176 batting average, a .235 slugging percentage and a .263 on-base percentage.

Brooke Morgart: Brooke Morgart enjoyed a stellar senior season, starting in all 55 of her appearances on the field. The nimble second baseman finished third on the team in assists with 73, fourth in putouts with 93 and near the top with a .948 fielding percentage.

Morgart also proved to be valuable behind the plate for the Bobcats, posting a .282 batting average in 170 at-bats while striking out only 20 times. She tied for first on the team in doubles with 10 and came in third in runs with 35. She also accumulated 48 hits, 21 RBI and two home runs. With a slugging percentage of .376 and an on-base percentage of .361, Morgart provided effective base running for the Bobcats by succeeding in five out of six steal attempts.

Morgart also had an impressive showing in MAC play, specifically, as she hit six of her 10 doubles and finished with a .308 batting average, a .400 slugging percentage and a .375 on-base percentage in league games. She completed her senior season with her first two career home runs during the Bobcats’ final games in the 2012 MAC Tournament. 

Chelsea Hortman: Chelsea Hortman was an integral part of the Bobcat offense this year, posting the team’s third-highest home run total with seven for the season. Hortman, Ohio’s go-to pinch hitter, showed impressive poise at the plate in her 86 at bats, tallying 22 hits, 15 runs and 21 RBI while striking out only 15 times. She finished her third season as a Bobcat with a .256 batting average and a .366 on-base percentage in her 49 game appearances. She also came in third on the team in slugging percentage with a mark of .535.

In addition to her seven home runs, Hortman launched three doubles throughout the season. Her most clutch performance came in the MAC contest against Kent State on May 6 when she entered the game with the bases loaded and smacked a grand slam to right field that eventually led to an Ohio win.

Erin Lashley: Erin Lashley served as a consistent and reliable fielder for the Bobcats during their 2012 campaign, appearing in 48 of 57 games and starting in 37 as a sophomore. The outfielder racked up 45 putouts and two assists with only one error, accounting for an impressive .979 fielding percentage.

Lashley also held her own behind the plate with 20 hits, 14 runs, one double and four RBI in 76 at-bats. She finished her second season at Ohio with a .263 batting average, a .276 slugging percentage and a .333 on-base percentage. She proved to be an asset as a pinch runner as well, stealing three bases during the season. Lashley’s most impressive showings came during MAC play as she went two-for-four in base stealing attempts, garnered half of her season RBI and committed no fielding errors. She achieved her season-high single game putouts (6) against Ball State on April 6.

Jenna Giusti: Jenna Giusti was a reliable fielder and hitter throughout the Bobcats’ 2012 season. She appeared in 48 of 57 games, starting in 38, and finished her third season at Ohio with a .918 fielding percentage with 40 putouts and a .205 batting average over 88 at bats.

At the plate, Giusti proved to be an effective hitter with 18 hits, 15 RBI, three doubles, a .307 slugging percentage and .239 on-base percentage. She also navigated the basepaths with stealth as she went two-for-two in stolen bases. Giusti shined in high-pressure situations, blasting a grand slam against Cleveland State on March 4 and a three-run home run against conference foe Northern Illinois on April 20. The agile third baseman and shortstop (in relief) was especially effective during MAC play, driving in 10 of her 15 RBI over 20 conference game appearances.

Lauren Gellerman: Lauren Gellerman was a standout for the Bobcats during the 2012 season, proving to be a solid player both behind the plate and in the field. The junior catcher made 56 out of 57 game appearances, starting in 51. Gellerman finished her third season as a Bobcat with a .340 batting average, the second highest on the team. She led the team in four statistical categories: doubles, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Gellerman struck out only 20 times in 153 at bats and posted at least one hit in 37 out of her 56 games. She accumulated 52 hits, 29 runs, 45 RBI, 10 doubles and an impressive 13 home runs, including one grand slam at Eastern Michigan on April 29 to lift the Bobcats to a 5-4 victory. She also posted a .660 slugging percentage for the season.

On the field, Gellerman amassed an impressive 255 putouts, second on the team. She had 33 assists and a .973 fielding percentage. She performed particularly well in MAC play posting a .391 batting average, the highest MAC batting average on the team. She also hit six of her 10 doubles and six of her 13 home runs during MAC contests.

Gellerman was named First Team All-MAC and Second Team All-Region at the end of the season.

Raven King: Raven King’s performance on the field was paramount to the success of the Bobcats throughout their 28-29 2012 campaign. Starting in all 57 games of the season, King displayed stellar performances behind the plate, in the field and on base. She posted a .327 batting average, third on the team, in 153 at bats. King led Ohio in runs scored with 42 and tied for first in home runs with an impressive 13, co-setting a new program record in the process. She came in second on the team in RBI with 41, third in doubles with eight, fourth in hits with 50 and also posted one triple for the season. She finished the season with a .647 slugging percentage, a .458 on-base percentage and was successful in all four of her stolen base attempts.

The well-rounded first baseman accumulated the most putouts for the team, a whopping 313, and 17 assists for a .979 fielding percentage. The sophomore was also impressive in MAC play, coming up with 125 putouts in 22 games, 10 assists and only one error for a .993 fielding percentage. She posted 21 runs, 19 hits, three doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI in her 58 MAC contest at-bats. At one point during the season, King hit two home runs in back-to-back games totaling four in two days and bringing in an incredible six RBI per game, the most of any Bobcat batter in one game. King was a constant, reliable force for Ohio as she came up with at least one hit in 38 out of 57 games and registered at least one hit in 14 games out of 15 at the conclusion of the season.

She was named Second Team All-MAC at the end of the season.

Tessa Bailey: Tessa Bailey served as a clutch pinch runner during the Bobcats’ 2012 campaign, scoring 12 runs in her 32 appearances throughout the season. Seven of her runs came during her 16 MAC appearances. Bailey also saw time at the plate as a pinch hitter and finished out her third season at Ohio with a .250 batting average, a .308 on-base percentage and an impressive .500 slugging percentage (fourth on the team). She completed the season with two successful stolen bases out of four total attempts, all of which occurred during MAC play.

Bailey’s best game of the season occurred on February 24 against Virginia where she hit a home run for two RBI in her only at-bat of the game. Bailey has been a key part of the Ohio Bobcat offense both behind the plate and on base, posting four RBI, one home run and 12 runs in her 12 at-bats.

2012 Softball Academic All-MAC Team
Alex Helfrich, Akron
Audrey Bickel, Ball State
Kim Mazzapica, Ball State
Alison Mercado, Ball State
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green
Melissa West, Bowling Green
Holly Johnson, Buffalo
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan
Katy Blaharski, Eastern Michigan
Lauren Mokler, Kent State
Jessica Simpson, Miami
Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois
Jillian Van Wagnen, Ohio
Brooke Gates, Toledo
Lindsey Tobias, Toledo
Tara Buchanan, Western Michigan
Courtney Rousseau, Western Michigan
Jennifer Tschetter, Western Michigan