THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
Katie Kelly earns 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region first team honors
Sophomore Katie Kelly became the first JU softball player in school history to earn Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region first team honors on Thursday afternoon.

A first team all-conference selection, Kelly led the Dolphins offensively for the second consecutive year after tallying a .327 average (56-171), a .404 on-base percentage and scoring a team-best 30 times. She recorded 43 of her 56 hits at the leadoff spot in the lineup and tallied a team-high 17 multi-hit games.

“This is a great honor for Katie and I am very proud of her,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. She deserves this recognition. While I was recruiting her, I knew she was capable of reaching such accolades.

“Her versatility moving from second to short has been huge for our program. She has stepped up and responded to everything that we have asked of her.”

Despite battling several injuries, Kelly showed her versatility by being one of two Dolphins to start in all 55 games. She saw action at second base, shortstop, right field and designated player to fill the gaps for the Dolphins after numerous injuries.

“This was a pleasant surprise,” said Kelly. “I couldn’t have gotten this without the help and support of my teammates. I am excited to get this honor, but I’m happier about the success we had together as a team this year by making the conference tournament. We hope to add to that success next year.”

In 2009, JU battled through several injuries to its roster to finish the season with the second-best record in school history and make the A-Sun Tournament for the first time since 2005. JU also produced two five-game winning streaks, which are both tied for the second longest stretches in the program’s existence.