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Sampson Named Player-of-the-Year

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) announced the 2013 All-Conference list with five Tigers recognized for their efforts this season.  Doane placed three on the First Team, one on the Second Team and one as honorable mention.

Leading the list is the GPAC Player-of-the-Year, Brooke Sampson.  Sampson, a senior outfielder from Bakersfield, Calif., led the Tigers this year in nearly every offensive category.  She batted .443 with 21 extra base hits including a team high five triples and 10 home runs.  Sampson also led the Tigers with a .529 on-base percentage, 35 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.

Sampson closed her career as one of the most prolific offensive players in Doane history, finishing in the Top 5 of 13 major offensive categories.  She will graduate as the school's all-time leader in home runs (35), runs batted in (142), hits (190), time hit by pitch (25), on-base percentage (.470) and slugging percentage (.687).

Shelby Mendlik, a junior from Omaha, Neb., becomes a three-time First Team All-GPAC selection on the infield.  She hit .382 with 16 extra base hits, 33 runs batted in, a .462 on-base percentage and stole three bases.  She also had 70 defensive assists, most of which came at shortstop.  Although her pitching numbers were not factored into her recognition, she went 5-1 with two saves and a 1.26 earned run average (ERA) in 10 relief appearances.

Nichole Diaz, a sophomore outfielder from Las Vegas, Nev., posted a .411 batting average out of the leadoff spot in the batting order to earn First Team recognition.  She had 21 extra base hits and 11 runs batted in to go with her .436 on-base percentage.  She matched Sampson for the team high in stolen bases with 11 and had two outfield assists.

Kelsey Huenink, a pitcher/first baseman from Hickman, Neb., earned Second Team honors at the utility position.  She batted .378 with 15 extra base hits and 23 runs batted in.  Huenink went 6-7 in the circle with a 4.24 ERA in 97.1 innings of work.

Earning honorable mention honors was pitcher Kylie Garrett.  Garrett, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., threw two no-hitters on the season as she went 6-9 overall with a 2.79 ERA.  She held opponents to a .259 batting average in 95.1 innings.

Doane finished the season with an 18-24 record.  They led the conference in hitting with a .326 batting average while finishing fifth in pitching with a 3.72 earned run average.