Liska named First Team All-NAC, six Falcons earn postseason honors
WAUKESHA, Wis. – Freshman designated player Jessica Liszka led a group of six Concordia University Wisconsin softball players to earn All-Northern Athletics Conference honors, the league office announced Wednesday morning.
Liszka (Lindenhurst, Ill.) was named First Team All-NAC after leading the team in five offensive categories, including hits (52), runs (30) and total bases (67). The 5-foot-6 righty hit .385 (52-of-135) and drove in 25 runs was also named to the All-NAC Freshman Team.
Senior catcher Chelsie Strosina (Burlington, Wis.) and junior first baseman Abbie Goetsch (Grayslake, Wis.) were named Second Team All-NAC, respectively, while senior pitcher Danielle Burke (Burlington, Wis.) and sophomore pitcher Jamie Schuh (Freedom, Wis.) earned All-NAC Honorable Mention honors. Senior Sheri Weidner (Mount Prospect, Ill.) was also named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Strosina's offensive output increased dramatically during the month of April as she had five multi-hit games and finished the season batting .352 (37-of-105) which was second on the team. The leader behind the plate also gunned down seven base runners.
Goetsch had one of the most powerful bats in the NAC, finishing tied for fifth among all players with five homers. The 6-foot-2 righty crushed the game-winning long ball during a home victory over Alverno College and finished the season batting .323 (30-of-93), while scoring 20 runs and driving in 26 more. She also walked 15 times during the season.
Burke (12-5) earned double-digit wins for the third-straight season and fanned 85 batters in 109.2 innings in the circle. The hard-throwing righty has a 3.00 ERA, opponents are batting .231 against and she has tossed 13 complete games. The captain has tossed a career-high-tying five shutouts. This is the third-consecutive year Burke has earned three-straight NAC postseason honors.
Schuh (10-4) was part of CUW's 1-2 punch in the circle and led the Falcons in ERA (2.31) and strikeouts (87). The righty threw 10 complete games and a no-hitter against Maranatha Baptist Bible College on March 27. The statistics in many categories for the second-year performer were the best of her career.
Weidner (2-3) appeared in 11 games in the circle, starting two, and tossed a complete game during the season. The righty has a 2.80 ERA in 30 innings pitched and has stuck out 13 batters. She also had 26 at-bats and recorded six hits, while driving five runs across the plate.
CUW enters the NAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Dominican University on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis., at tournament host Alverno College.