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Softball Broncos earn all-league recognition

May 13, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's softball team placed four representatives on All-Mid-American Conference squads for the 2004 season.

Seniors Laura Stewart, pitcher, and Jaymie Voss, utility, and freshman Kristi Strange, designated player, were all tabbed to the All-MAC First Team, while senior Stefanie Scheumann, catcher, earned second-team accolades.

Strange was also named the MAC Freshman of the Year, one of three specialty honors awarded.

"It is an outstanding accomplishment, not only for the players, but for the program as well," coach Kathy Leitke said. "The respect shown for our program by the other coaches in a very tough league is a great honor."

Stewart and Voss are repeat first-team performers, having also collected the honor as juniors. Stewart set the program's single-season marks for strikeouts (225) and wins (21) at WMU and is ranked among the league leaders in nearly every pitching category.

Voss is ranked among the MAC's top players in batting average (.342) and doubles (11) and owns a perfect game on the mound against Miami.

Strange burst onto the scene with the arrival of league play, overcoming a slow start at the plate. She concluded conference action with a .345 batting average and didn't commit an error in the field. She saw action as the designated player and as an outfielder and collected at least one hit in 11 of her first 12 MAC appearances.

Scheumann has not only played in each of the team's 108 games the past two seasons, she has also caught ever inning. In over 700 chances since 2003, the Auburn, Ind., native has committed just three errors for a fielding percentage of .997. A first-time recipient of all-league honors, she was named to the all-tourney squad last season after helping lead WMU to the 2003 championship.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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