Jennies Softball has seven named All-MIAA

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – University of Central Missouri Jennies Softball had seven student-athletes named to All-MIAA teams. Braylyn Bivens and Jakki Prater garnered second team accolades while Katie Shockley, Emily Bybee-King, Medora West, Ashlea Bengtson and Alex Groeger were named honorable mention.
Bivens was one of the driving forces behind the Jennies offense in 2013, posting a batting average of .377 in 154 at bats. She compiled 58 hits, nine doubles with one home run and 25 RBIs. She also paced the team in stolen bases and ranked third in the MIAA this season, stealing an impressive 24-of-27. Bivens started all 46 games for the Jennies, splitting time between shortstop and second base.
Prater led the Jennies in RBIs, driving in 35 runs in 37 hits this season. She also hit a team-best six home runs and 10 doubles and posted a batting average of .298. The Nixa, Mo. native saw action in 39 games, starting all of them as a utility player. She was also a force in the pitching circle, making 18 appearances with 12 starts, striking out a team-high 84 batters. She finished the 2013 campaign with team-bests for complete games with 10 and innings pitched with 102.1 innings in the circle. Her ERA of 2.39 was also the lowest of any Jennies pitcher this season.
Shockley made 20 appearances in the circle with eight starts this season. The Crocker, Mo. native pitched two complete games with one shutout in 57 innings pitched. She struck out 44 batters while walking a team-low 22.
Bybee-King, a freshman, made an immediate impact in the Jennies offense in 2013. She posted a batting average of .237 with 23 hits, three home runs and a double and batted in 14 runs. She appeared in 40 games with 35 starts, all at third base.
West started all 46 games in right field for the Cardinal and Black this season. She batted .350, second-highest on the season, with 56 hits in 160 at bats and had 19 RBIs, a homer, a triple and nine doubles. West also was a force on the bases, stealing 17 bases in 19 attempts.
Bengtson made all 46 starts in centerfield this season, batting .321 with 43 hits in 134 at bats. She hit four home runs and five doubles and was 10-11 in stolen base attempts.
Groeger saw action in 37 games at left field and the designated player position in the 2013 campaign. She batted .317, with 33 hits in 104 at bats and had four home runs with seven doubles and 20 RBIs.
The Jennies finished the 2013 season with a record of 24-22.