posted June 19, 2005

Hope Among DIII Softball/Baseball Leaders

Hope softball and baseball players ranked among the nation's NCAA Division III statistical leaders, according to the NCAA Statistics Services.

Freshman Jessica Regnerus (Hudsonville, Mich.) ranked ninth in batting with a school-record .490 batting average. Senior Candace Graham (Hudsonville, Mich.) ranked eighth in triples (12) and 17th in RBIs (45), junior Libby Hammon (Allegan, Mich.) was 11th in sacrifice hits (20), and freshman Kylee Brouwer (Hudsonville, Mich.) was 16th in walks gained (25). As a team Hope ranked fourth nationally in triples (25), ninth in batting average (.342), 15th in slugging percentage (.480), 17th in the field percentage (.968) and 10th in double plays executed (15). Coach Karla Wolters' Flying Dutch posted a 28-11 season record.

Sophomore Mike Vandervelde (Grandville HS) was the 12th toughest player in all of Division III baseball to strikeout. In 147 plate appearances, he struck out just four times. Junior pitcher Mike Howes (Alma, Mich.) ranked 27th in saves with five in 16 appearances. Coach Stu Fritz's Flying Dutchmen posted a 23-11 season record.