May 2, 2008
Four Bearcats Earn All-MIAA Honors
SHAWNEE, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State placed four student-athletes on the All-MIAA team as announced Thursday by the conference office.
Second baseman Erin Leslie (So., Shawnee, Kan.) was a unanimous first-team selection. Pitcher Kelly Morris (Sr., Blue Springs, Mo.), shortstop Cortney Channell (Sr., Kansas City, Kan.) and center fielder Casey Carper (Jr., Sulphur Springs, Texas) earned second-team honors.
The Bearcats' four selections are second to regular-season champion Emporia State's five and the most for Northwest since 2006. All four Bearcats are first-time honorees.
Leslie leads the MIAA and ranks 20th in the nation in runs scored per game. She'd totaled 46 heading into the conference tournament to go with a .377 average, three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Leslie has also been walked more than any other player in the league. She ranks third in the MIAA in on-base percentage (.488), is fourth in stolen bases (16) and seventh in hits (49).
Carper has the third-best average in the league at .416. She leads the league and ranks second nationally with a program-record 11 triples. She's scored 44 runs this year and driven in 31.
Carper hit .391 in MIAA play with a slugging percentage of .563. She ranks second in the league in hits (67), third in runs scored and has the fifth-highest on-base percentage in the league (.466). She also ranks seventh in total bases (95) and eighth in stolen bases (12).
Channell leads the Bearcats and ranks seventh in the league in home runs with eight. Her 37 RBIs rank second on the team, fourth in the MIAA, and her .368 average ranks third on the team.
Channell ranks in the top 10 in six of the MIAA's 11 offensive categories including sixth in hits (50) and slugging percentage (.625) and eighth in doubles (11).
Morris is 16-9 this season with a 3.14 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 145 innings pitched. In league play, she was 8-3 with an ERA of 1.86. MIAA teams are batting .232 against Morris.
Morris' 16 wins were tied for second heading into the MIAA tournament. She ranks fifth in the league in strikeouts, is third in appearances and tied for fifth with three shutouts.
Three Northwest players earned honorable mention honors. Catcher Tiffany Carter (Jr., Lenexa, Kan.), right fielder Megan Simpson (Sr., Blue Springs, Mo.) and utility player Kaila Ballard (So., Norwalk, Iowa) were included on the list.
The Bearcats (29-18) finished third in league play with a record of 11-7. The team will likely make its fourth appearance in an NCAA regional tournament. It would be the team's second in the last three seasons.
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