DePauw sophomore pitcher Megan Soultz and junior catcher Rachel Gill have been named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-America Team. The official announcement came at the national championship banquet last evening in Salem, Va.
Soultz was named to the first team after earning third team honors last year. She led Division III with 36 wins against just four losses and finished the season with a 0.98 earned run average. In 265 1/3 innings she struck out 260 and walked just 44 and opposing hitters batted just .180 against her.
In addition to her record-setting win total, Soultz set single-season school records for shutouts (15), innings pitched (265 1/3), strikeouts (260), games and games started (44) and complete games (33). Her career 0.96 ERA also is tops in DePauw history as are her 55 wins, 24 shutouts and 418 strikeouts.
Soultz's 44 starts this season are tied for third in Division III history, while her 36 wins rank fifth, her 15 shutouts are tied for 10th and her 44 games are tied for sixth.
Gill earned second team all-America honors and led the Tigers with a .408 batting average with a team-best 51 hits. She also led the Tigers with 36 runs scored and 11 doubles and was second on the squad with 41 runs batted in. She finished with a .997 fielding percentage with just one error in 334 chances and had just four passed balls.
She holds DePauw career records for batting average (.429), on-base percentage (.477), hits (164), home runs (9), RBI (126), total bases (243) and sacrifice flies (10).
The Tigers finished the season with a school record 40 wins and just four losses, won their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III first round championship game. DePauw also earned its first number-one ranking in the NFCA poll and maintained it for the final three weeks of the regular season.