Softball sweeps RMAC awards

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 3, 2004

With a conference championship already in hand, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team garnered even more honors on Monday as seven Mountain Lions were named All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Catcher Crystal Krebs, shortstop Jennifer Dykstra, second baseman Kara Rainey and pitchers Amber Colton and Brenna Pool were named first-team All-RMAC. Outfielder Brittni Carlson and first baseman Lindsay Shandera were named All-RMAC second team.

CU-Colorado Springs also swept the individual awards. Krebs, who won the conference triple crown, was named RMAC player of the year and Pool, who leads the RMAC with 18 wins and has a 2.13 ERA, was named pitcher of the year. In addition, Shandera was named co-freshman of the year and Scott Peterson was honored as coach of the year.


2004 RMAC Softball
All-Conference Teams

RMAC Player of the Year
Crystal, Krebs, CU-Colorado Springs

RMAC Pitcher of the Year
Brenna Pool, CU-Colorado Springs

RMAC Co-Freshman of the Year
Melissa Backlund, Regis
Lindsay Shandera, CU-Colorado Springs

RMAC Coach of the Year
Scott Peterson, CU-Colorado Springs

First Team All-RMAC
P: Christina Wade Regis
P: Amber Colton CU-Colorado Springs
P: Brenna Pool CU-Colorado Springs
C: Crystal Krebs CU-Colorado Springs
1B: Jessica Dinkel Mesa State
2B: Kara Rainey CU-Colorado Springs
3B: Shanna Schwarz Fort Lewis
SS: Jennifer Dykstra CU-Colorado Springs
OF: Sharita Richmond Regis
OF: Sarah Hudson Mesa State
OF: Lesley Belden Colorado State-Pueblo
OF: Abby Maska Fort Hays State
DP: Stacia Buda Regis
UT: Melanie Mahoney Colorado Mines

Second Team All-RMAC
P: Stacy Dennis Mesa State
P: Katie Anderson Nebraska-Kearney
C: Sarah Raymond Nebraska-Kearney
1B: Lindsay Shandera CU-Colorado Springs
2B: Shanda Glenn Colorado State-Pueblo
3B: Amanda Dunham New Mexico Highlands
SS: Jennifer Paynter Fort Hays State
OF: Brittni Carlson CU-Colorado Springs
OF: Heidi Bauer Colorado Mines
OF: Breanna Fleshman Nebraska-Kearney
OF: Lindsey Crosby Fort Lewis
DP: Shelby Meilinger Mesa State
UT: Monica Chavez Fort Lewis
UT: Tawnya Webber Adams State

Honorable Mention All-RMAC
P: Brittany Parker Fort Hays State
Keri Evans New Mexico Highlands
C: Lindsay Johnston New Mexico Highlands
Kathryn Abbott Fort Lewis
1B: Andrea Reyes New Mexico Highlands
2B: Amanda Hitt Nebraska-Kearney
Yvette Gonzales New Mexico Highlands
Desiree Lohmeier Fort Hays State
3B: Michelle Johnston Regis
Brianne Brennan Colorado Mines

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSo.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PJr.
Amber ColtonAmber Colton2PSr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSo.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSJr.
Jennifer DykstraJennifer Dykstra10SSSr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFSo.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey21IFJr.
Kara RaineyKara Rainey212BSr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22IFJr.
Crystal KrebsCrystal Krebs22CSr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9IF/PJr.
Brenna PoolBrenna Pool9P/OFSr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
Katie JohnstonKatie Johnston9IFFr.
Kaite JohnstonKaite Johnston93BSo.
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