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Five Named All-GPAC in Softball

The Great Plains Athletic Conference announced the 2011 All-Conference Softball teams on Tuesday and five Tigers were recognized by the conference coaches. Doane placed three players on the First Team and two on honorable mention.

Earning First Team honors were infielder Shelby Mendlik and outfielders Andrea Gonzales and Brooke Sampson. Christy Kobza and Kylie Garrett were named to the honorable mention list.

Shelby Mendlik, a freshman from Omaha, led the Tigers with a .413 batting average, 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. She broke the single-season record in home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Andrea Gonzales, a sophomore from Redding, California, led the team in hits (58), doubles (12) and stolen bases (7) while sitting second on the team in average (.408) and runs (36).

Brooke Sampson, a sophomore from Bakersfield, California, led Doane in runs (37) and was second in RBIs (31) and home runs (9). She batted .333 on the year and led the Tigers with 15 walks and was hit by a pitch nine times.

Kylie Garrett, a freshman from Lincoln, led the Tiger pitching staff with six wins and went 5-2 in GPAC play. She was second on the team in innings pitched (53.2). In games she pitched, Garrett batted .400 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Christy Kobza, a senior from Lincoln, was second on the team in runs (36) and third in average (.378). She had 10 doubles and 21 RBIs on the season. Kobza wrapped up her career ranking in the Top Five of several categories. She is the all-time leader in doubles (33) and second in doubles (95). Kobza finished with a .355 average (3rd), a .448 slugging percentage (4th) and a .392 on-base percentage (4th). She was fifth all-time in career hits with 150.