CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference recognized the Denison softball program on Tuesday morning following the All-NCAC second-team selections for senior Amanda Howell, juniors Brennah Dutcher, Lindsey Clemson, and Taryn Welch, and freshman Claire Powell.
Appearing as an All-NCAC honoree for the third-straight year, Clemson continued to be a mainstay in the Big Red lineup as she started all 36 games behind the plate while leading the team in hits (45), runs (29), doubles (15), runs batted in (31), and stolen bases (11). Finishing the season with the second-highest fielding percentage on the team at .989, Clemson also claimed the second-most putouts on the team (152) while throwing out six base runners in 2019. She has now thrown out 19 runners in her career, which ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Howell also made a return to the All-NCAC second team after hitting .352 with 23 RBIs, 19 runs, 12 doubles, and four home runs while recording a team-high 18 walks. A two-time NFCA All-Central Region honoree, Howell posted 11 multi-hit performances in 2019, highlighted by a pair of three-RBI games against Hiram (April 3) and Allegheny (April 28).
Making her All-NCAC debut in 2019, Dutcher enjoyed a breakout season for the Big Red after hitting .400 to lead the team while adding 24 RBIs, 23 runs, and five home runs, which tied for the Denison lead. In DU's doubleheader sweep of Ohio Wesleyan on April 20, the Alexandria, Ky. native finished the day going 4-for-6 with five RBIs, three runs scored and a home run. That performance helped her claim the first NCAC Player of the Week award of her career.
Powell rounded out Denison's field players on the all-conference second-team with a rookie season to remember where she hit .340 with 34 hits, 18 runs scored, 14 RBIs, and added five stolen bases. Recording 11 multi-hit performances as a freshman, Powell tallied a home run in her first collegiate at-bat in the season-opener at No. 14 Pomona Pitzer on March 18.
As one of three pitchers selected to the All-NCAC second-team, Welch made her all-conference debut in 2019 following a successful season in the pitching circle where she went 9-6 with a team-high 83 strikeouts over 119 innings and a 2.53 ERA. The Pittsford, N.Y. native also recorded 10 complete games and two saves this season. In back-to-back wins over Kenyon (April 17) and Ohio Wesleyan (April 20), Welch tallied a new career-high with nine strikeouts in each victory and combined for a 1.00 ERA to garner the first NCAC Pitcher of the Week award of her career.
Finishing the season at 22-14 overall and 11-5 in the NCAC, the Big Red recorded their 12th straight season of 20 or more wins under head coach Tiffany Ozbun, who also ended the year with her 300th career victory at Denison.