June 8, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri softball team wrapped up their 2010 campaign by announcing their annual end-of-the-year awards. All 22 student-athletes and the coaching staff of the Women’s College World Series qualifying Mizzou squad voted on Hardest Worker, Defensive Player of the Year, Best Pitcher, Best Hitter, Newcomer of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
Juniors Abby Vock and Rhea Taylor each took home two awards apiece, with Vock claiming Hardest Worker for the second year in a row to go along with Defensive Player of the Year after committing just one error in 99 chances this season. Taylor was named Best Hitter and Most Valuable Player after putting together her best season of her career. The Buford, Ga., native broke the school record for highest batting average in a season (.452), tied her own school record for the most runs scored in a single season (64), had the second most hits in a season at Mizzou (85), stole 48 bases in 51 attempts, and set new career bests in doubles (10), triples (8), home runs (8), runs batted in (40), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.490). Taylor was selected as a third team NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I All-American, and set school records earlier in the season for most runs scored in a career and most stolen bases in a career.
The Freshman of the Year award was given to Jenna Marston, who finished second on the team with a .366 batting average. She doubled 16 times during the campaign, the third most in a single season at Missouri, and drove in 52 runs, also putting her in the top-10 of that stat. She also swiped 15 bags in 20 attempts and hit five home runs.
Rounding out the awards was Kristin Nottelmann, who was named as the team’s Best Pitcher. Nottelmann, who stepped into the ace role in the middle of the season, finished the year with a 24-9 record and a 2.09 earned run average. She started 31 games and appeared 42 times, throwing 16 complete games, eight shutouts and earning two saves. In 194.0 innings, Nottelmann struck out 165 batters and walked only 62, while also limiting batters to a .215 batting average.
Hardest Worker: Abby Vock
Defensive Player of the Year: Abby Vock
Best Pitcher: Kristin Nottelmann
Best Hitter: Rhea Taylor
Newcomer of the Year: Jenna Marston
Most Valuable Player: Rhea Taylor