Huntington, Ind. - Huntington University junior Molly Long was named Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) Pitcher of the Year, headlining five Foresters receiving 2011 MCC honors as voted on by the conference coaches.
Doug Gower, head coach of the Foresters for the last seven years, was selected by his league peers as the 2011 MCC Coach of the Year after guiding HU to the best record in school history at 27-7.
Long, hailing from Logansport, Indiana, compiled a 1.22 ERA on the season to not only land her the top spot among all MCC pitchers, but also place her 12th in the nation in earned run average. She pitched 131.2 innings on the season striking out 154 batters while surrendering a mere 22 walks. She finished 16-4 and pitched six shutouts on the year, including a no-hitter against Olivet College on April 2.
Sophomore Katie Bowers (Silver Lake, Indiana) earned All-Conference honors for the second straight year. She finished the season with a .462 batting average to pace the Foresters and place her second in the MCC. She also led the team with 48 hits, which included seven homeruns, and a slugging percentage of .731. She scored 26 runs and logged a team-high 32 RBI.
Senior shortstop and Huntington native Aubrey Garner was also a repeat All-Conference player. At the plate, Garner hit an impressive .391 with 45 total hits, including six doubles, two triples and five homeruns. She stole 14 bases and scored a team-high 30 runs.
In her first year as a Forester, third baseman Katie Knous from Decatur, Indiana, garnered all-MCC honors. She led the conference in runs scored per game with a 1.18 average. She finished the season with 38 hits and tied Bowers in homeruns with seven. She also scored a team-high 40 runs and knocked in 26 more.
Another newcomer to the HU squad, Taylor Amber was an honorable mention All-Conference pick. The Churubusco, Indiana product led the MCC in putouts per game with 6.59. She boasted a fielding percentage of .987 as HU’s first baseman. Offensively she finished with a .347 batting average and collected 35 hits, four of which she knocked out of the park.
For a complete list of the 2011 MCC softball awards, click Awards