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Six Scots named to National All-America Academic Team

October 12, 2011

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Six members of the 2011 Monmouth College softball team were recently
named All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches
Association (NFCA).Second baseman Kelsey Barnes (Canton, Ill./Canton), utility
player Jessica Bybee (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood), catcher Lauren Bergstresser
(Peoria, Ill./Richwoods), pitcher Alyssa Cook (Antioch, Ill./Antioch), utility
player Britta Dixon (Aledo, Ill./Aledo) and shortstop Jennifer Krueger (Illinois
City, Ill./Rockridge) were named to the team based on last season’s grade point
average. To be eligible for All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, nominees
must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

 

Kelsey Barnes

Barnes,
a sophomore biology major, hit a robust .389 in her rookie season. She played
in all 36 games for the Fighting Scots and was second on the team with a .549
slugging percentage while belting two home runs and a team-high eight doubles.

 

Jess Bybee

Bybee,
a sophomore English major, suffered a season-ending injury before the Scots’
first game of her freshman year. She is expected return to action this spring.

 

 

Lauren Bergstresser

Bergstresser,
a senior biochemistry major, earned her third straight all-conference

 selection and was named the Midwest Conference Co-Player of the Year.
She was also named academic all-conference. Bergstresser hit a team-best
.403 in her junior campaign. She also led the team in runs (34), hits (52)
 and stolen bases (18). With one season to play, Bergstresser is already the
MC career record-holder for hits (137) and stolen bases (52).

 

Alyssa Cook

Cook,
a senior math major, appeared in 14 games for the Scots last spring. She
started four games and pitched nearly 30 innings, primarily as a middle
reliever.

 

 

Britta Dixon

Dixon,
a senior business and physical education major, saw action in nearly half the
Scots’ games. Used primarily as a pinch-runner, Dixon scored six runs and was
perfect on stolen base attempts.

 

 

Jennifer Krueger

Krueger,
a sophomore biopsychology major, played in all 36 games and was named
All-Midwest Conference after a stellar inaugural season. She tied for the team
lead with four triples while hitting .330. She was also second on the team with
25 RBIs. In addition to her four three-baggers, Krueger produced two home runs
and six doubles for a .504 slugging percentage, and she was 6-for-6 in stolen
bases.

The Fighting Scots tied the team record with 22 victories and won eight of their
last 10 games last season, making the Midwest Conference Tournament for the
fourth straight year, where they finished third after winning the South
Division.

Founded in 1983, the NFCA (originally called the National Softball Coaches Association)
boasts more than 4,100 members. The NFCA offers coaches in-depth training in
all aspects of the sport and issues numerous awards to players on a national
level.

 

Dan Nolan

Monmouth College Sports Information Director

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