IPFW’s Kramer Is League Pitcher Of Year

IPFW softball Miranda Kramer

IPFW junior pitcher Miranda Kramer was named the Summit League Pitcher of the Year as six Mastodons were honored at the Pre-Summit League Championship banquet.

Kramer, Ashleigh BousquetLarissa FranklinDani Pugh, and Audrey Mintari were each named to the First Team, while Alex Bousquet was given a Second Team All-Conference honor.

Kramer, who is 19-8 this season in the pitcher’s circle, has a NCAA-leading 301 strikeouts this season. She has a 1.62 ERA, and has held opponents to a .173 batting average in 181.2 innings of work. This is Kramer’s third all-Summit League honor, as she was named First Team All-League in 2012 and 2013, and the program’s second Pitcher of the Year honor.

Ashleigh Bousquet was named to the First Team for the fourth time in career. She ended the regular season with a .370 batting average and a Summit League-high 16 doubles to go with five home runs and 30 RBIs. She is also the program career record holder in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and total bases.

Franklin, who was named a First Team All-League honoree as a freshman and sophomore, finished second in the Summit League with a .456 batting average. She led the Summit League with 46 runs scored, while hitting four home runs and driving in 16 batters. Franklin also led the team with 18 stolen bases – over half of the team’s total in 2014.

Pugh earns her first All-Summit League honor after leading the team with 10 home runs with a Summit League-high 53 RBIs. She has walked 22 times, while recording 352 putouts behind the plate as catcher.

Mintari, who was named All-League First Team as a utility, knocked in 18 runs while scoring eight times and hitting nine doubles – third-most on the team this season.

Alex Bousquet has earned her third consecutive All-League Second Team honor after pushing her batting average up to a season-high .321 following her second career Player of the Week honor to end the regular season. She has clubbed seven home runs, and is tied for second on the team with 32 RBIs to go with 29 runs scored.

The Mastodons, at 38-13 on the season, open Summit League Tournament play at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 8, when the team faces off against the winner of Wednesday’s South Dakota vs. South Dakota State battle.

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