Soultz a finalist for Division III Woman Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Megan Soultz

DePauw pitcher Megan Soultz has been named one of 11 finalists for the Honda Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in an announcement made by the Board of the College Women Sports Awards.

An ESPN the Magazine Softball Academic All-District Five Second Team selection, Soultz was also a first team all-America choice and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after posting a 36-4 record with a 0.98 earned run average.

Her 36 wins led Division III and she struck out a DePauw and SCAC-record 260 batters in a record 265 1/3 innings. Soultz walked just 44 and opposing hitters batted just .180 against her. She also established school and conference records for shutouts (15), 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 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.

Ballots are distributed to all NCAA senior woman administrators to determine the Division III winner. The award presentation will take place at a press conference on June 25 at Columbia University in New York City. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's University and $5,000 to the school of the Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year recipient.

Liz Bondi, a 2007 DePauw graduate was the 2007 Honda Division III Athlete of the Year.

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