For the third-straight season, Erin Sharpe has been named the honorary captain of the Omaha World-Herald's NAIA/Division III all-Nebraska softball team released today. She shared co-captain honors with Midland pitcher Jaylee Hinrichs.
Sharpe was joined on the first team by three fellow Bruins: junior pitcher Monique Ashley, freshman shortstop Ellie Bliemeister, and freshman outfielder Ashlyn Teran. Five BU players garnered honorable mention recognition: junior pitcher Brieanna Brock, sophomore first baseman Maricela Egan, junior second baseman Katlyn Kinman, sophomore pitcher/designated player Emily Rochford, and freshman infielder Ashley Young.
Sharpe, who earned first-team NAIA All-American honors for the third-straight season, became the second Bruin in school history to garner multiple All-American accolades and the first BU softball player to be named to the first team on three different occasions. Hall of Famer Lindsey Bredar (2002-05) was twice named to the NAIA All-American first team, once to the second team, and once to the honorable mention squad.
Sharpe earned her third-consecutive North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Player of the Year honor this season and her third first-team all-NSAA nod. She led the Bruins and was second nationally with 25 home runs. She also led BU with a .867 slugging percentage, a .389 batting average, and 60 RBIs. She was second on the BU squad with 18 doubles.
The 2018-19 BU Female Athlete of the Year, Sharpe finished her career with 78 home runs which ranks second all-time in NAIA history. She set school career records for the highest slugging percentage (.783), most doubles (62), most home runs (78), and total bases (581) and was second in career RBIs (227).
In the circle, Sharpe earned seven wins and finished the year with a 3.13 ERA and 73 strikeouts. She ended her four-year career with 45 wins, 356 strikeouts, 11 shutouts, and a 2.34 ERA.
Bellevue ended the 2019 season with a 44-20 overall record and a 23-5 mark in the NSAA. The Bruins finished second in both the NSAA regular season and post-season tournament, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for the 10th time in school history.
NAIA/DIVISION III All-Nebraska Softball Team
P: Monique Ashley, Bellevue, Jr. 19-8, 2.29 ERA, 5 saves
P: Kelsey Goodban, St. Mary, Fr. 14-9, 3.69 ERA, 14 CG
* P: Jaylee Hinrichs, Midland, Sr. 22-8, 1.37 ERA, 293 Ks
P: Josie Schnakenberg, Doane, So. 12-13, 2.18 ERA, 22 CG
P: Brittany Woolridge, Concordia, Sr. 13-3, 2.88 ERA
C: Payton Swanson, Nebr. Wesleyan, So. .410, threw out 13 base stealers
1B: Tori Homolka, Concordia, So. .400, 21 extra-base hits, 34 RBI, 15 SB
2B: Sierra Athow, Midland, Jr. .423, 5 HR, 37 RBI
SS: Ellie Bliemeister, Bellevue, Fr. .377, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 61 runs
3B: Hhana Haro, Concordia, So. .411, 6 HR, 37 RBI
OF: Meida Tautalatasi, York, Jr. .422, 29 runs, 12 SB
OF: Ashlyn Teran, Bellevue, Fr. .371, 19 2B, 26 RBI, 10 SB
OF: Jordan Van Roy, Doane, Sr., .373, 26 extra-base hits, 25 RBI
DP: Katlin Anders, Midland, Jr. .518, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 10 SB
* U: Erin Sharpe, Bellevue, Sr., 389, 25 HR, 60 RBI, 3.13 ERA
* — honorary co-captains
Honorable mention — Bellevue: Brieanna Brock, Maricela Egan, Katlyn Kinman, Emily Rochford, Ashley Young. Concordia: Camry Moore, Kylee Nixon, Allysia Thayer. Doane: Erika Herrera, Jordyn Stearns. Hastings: Tatiem Bender, Alyssa Carter, Julia Reimer. Midland: Angela Brazil, Andrea Cespedes, Bobbi Singleton. Nebraska Wesleyan: Kailey Meyer, Morgan Shipley. Peru State: Tyler Farrell, Alyiah Franco, Takia Walker. College of St. Mary: Alicia Baca, Brittney Banks, Taelar Solano. York: Danielle Cornejo, Alysia Rodriguez.