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SOFT: Coe Pitcher, Coach Honored by IIAC

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced today its All-Conference Teams and major awards for the 2014 softball season. Coe College senior Maddison Woodruff (Emmetsburg, Iowa / Emmetsburg) has been named the Iowa Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year, while Luther junior outfielder Kelsey Rose (Bettendorf, Iowa / Bettendorf) has been named the 2014 IIAC Softball Position Player of the Year. Bob Timmons, head coach of league champion Coe, received honors as the 2014 IIAC Softball Coach of the Year.

2014 IIAC Pitcher of the Year Maddison Woodruff, Coe College:

Through 36 team games, Woodruff has posted a 20-2 record, a 1.90 ERA, 157 strikeouts, three shutouts (four combined) and 17 complete games in 25 appearances (19 starts). She leads all IIAC pitchers in wins and strikeouts looking (48) and ranks second in ERA and strikeouts, third in opposing batting average (.193) and innings pitched (136 1/3), fourth in appearances and fifth in games started.

Woodruff started seven Iowa Conference games for Coe and made cameo appearances in two others, finishing with a 7-1 record, a 2.32 ERA and 56 strikeouts. She threw seven complete games in league play and had two shutouts while holding opponents to a .221 batting average. She ranked second in the league in wins and strikeouts, third in ERA and opposing batting average, fourth in innings pitched (51.1), fifth in games started and eighth in appearances.

She registered seven or more strikeouts in 10 of 25 appearances, topping out at 15 on two occasions April 1 against Loras and April 19 against Buena Vista. Woodruff also had 13 K's in nonconference wins over Wisconsin-Stout on March 29 and Iowa Wesleyan on April 6.

Woodruff's 157 strikeouts this season rank 13th in school history, while her 20 wins are tied for 10th. Both are career single-season hights. She also became the second player in school history with four seasons of 100-plus strikeouts an amazing statistic considering she was Coe's number two pitcher her first two years behind All-American and 2011 IIAC Pitcher of the Year Ashlee Simon. Woodruff's 60 wins rank fourth all-time at Coe heading into this year's NCAA tournament, while her 525 strikeouts, 16 shutouts and 485 innings pitched rank fifth and her 48 complete games rank sixth. Her 77.9 career winning percentage (60-17) would also rank fourth in school history.

2014 IIAC Position Player of the Year Kelsey Rose, Luther College

Rose emerged this season her first full year as a position player after spending the 2012 season as Luther's number two pitcher and the 2013 season splitting time between the circle, right field and the designated player position.

Through 36 team games, Rose has hit .479 with 58 hits, 14 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 45 RBIs, 29 runs scored and six stolen bases. She tied with Buena Vista's Stephanie Hayden for tops among all league players with 58 hits and ranked second in RBIs (45), third in doubles (14), fifth in total bases (83) and on-base percentage (.511), seventh in slugging percentage (.686).

In 14 Iowa Conference games, Rose led the conference in batting average (.490), hits (24), RBIs (16-tie with Hayden), and ranked third in on-base percentage (.528), fourth in total bases (31), fifth in stolen bases (3) and sixth in runs scored (12). During the season, she had 16 multiple-hit and 13 multiple-RBI games, including four four-hit and three four-RBI games.

2014 IIAC Coach of the Year Bob Timmons, Coe College

Timmons guided Coe to its fourth Iowa Conference title its second straight with a 35-8 mark, including a 11-3 mark in Iowa Conference play. The Kohawks, who have spent the majority of the season in the top 10, currently hold their highest ranking of the season at No. 9 (as of April 30). Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Kohawks rank 25th in home runs per game (0.79), 26th in earned run average (1.75) and 44th in fielding percentage (.965).

In conference play, the Kohawks led the league in earned run average (1.85) and fielding percentage (.979) leading in ERA by over two-thirds of a run (0.68). Coe also led the league in home runs (14), total plate appearances (462), walks drawn (61), opposing batting average (.205), strikeouts (104), and putouts (295).

Earlier this season, Timmons won his 907th game, passing the late Donna Newberry of Muskingum (906-419-1 from 1975-2010) to move into second place on the Division III wins list. Taking a 926-364 record into this weekend's regional, he trails only current Central coach George Wares (1017-333-3 through May 4) on the list., This is the fifth time Timmons has been honored by his Iowa Conference peers (1999, 2005, 2009, 2013).

2014 All-Iowa Conference Softball Team Announced

The IIAC also announced today the 2014 All-Iowa Conference Softball Team. The 27-member Team includes 10 repeat All-Conference performers. Central's Annie Sarcone, Coe's Abby Flannagan and Luther's Becca Girvan received all-conference honors for the fourth time. Coincidentally, each of the three also owns an Iowa Conference MVP honor. Flannagan was named IIAC Position Player of the Year as a freshman in 2011 and Sarcone and Girvan took the league's top player and pitcher honors in 2012.

NCAA qualifiers Central, Coe and Luther accounted for 16 of the 27 honors with the Kohawks taking home a league-high six honors, including two on the first team. Central, Dubuque and Luther all garnered five selections, including a league-high four first-teamers for the Norse. Simpson and Buena Vista rounded out the totals with three honorees each.

For a full list of the All Conference Honors, click here.
 
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