FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BATES SOFTBALL PLACES THREE ON ALL-NESCAC TEAM
LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Shannon Browher of Laconia, N.H., and first-year players Teresa Janisch of Marina, Calif., and Krissie Whiting of Contoocook, N.H., have all been named to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Star teams. Browher, a center fielder, and Janisch, who plays second base, were each named to the first team, while utility player Whiting earned second-team honors.
Janisch was one of two Bobcats to play in all 24 games this season, starting 23 of them. She led the Bobcats in batting average (.493), hits (35), RBI (18), doubles (5) and slugging percentage (.609). Her .493 batting average led the NESCAC, while her 35 hits were a Bates single-season record. Janisch hit safely in 20 of 24 games, including 11 multi-hit games and an eight-game hitting streak. She hit one of two Bates home runs this season, April 2 against Brandeis University.
Center fielder Browher started 22 of the 23 games she played. Batting second, she led the Bobcats with 21 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. She finished second on the team with 34 hits, setting a Bates record for singles in a season, and a .472 batting average. Browher is a career .370 hitter (60 for-162) in just over two years of action on the varsity after missing most of her sophomore campaign with a broken knee.
Whiting played in 22 games this season, nine as a pitcher and 13 as a position player, usually in left field. She hit .375 (15-for-45), third best among Bates regulars, scoring 12 runs and driving in nine more. Whiting hot one home run, April 30 against Johnson and Wales University. As a hurler, Whiting started seven games, finishing six of them. She posted a 5-2 record with a 2.72 ERA, leading the team. On April 18 and 21, she won back-to-back games against NESCAC foes Bowdoin and Middlebury by giving up just one earned run in 14 innings.
The Bates softball team finished the 2000 season with a 14-10 record under second-year head coach Gwen Lexow. The 14 wins were one fewer that the school record established by the 1999 squad, despite the fact that the Bobcats were displaced from their on-campus field while a new facility was being constructed. "Teresa, Shannon and Krissie all had excellent seasons this year. Their contributions to the team drove our success," Lexow said. "I am very pleased to see them receive the recognition they deserve."
Browher is a 1996 graduate of Laconia High School. She is the daughter of Christopher and Lynn Browher, Laconia, N.H.
Janisch is a 1999 graduate of Seaside High School. She is the daughter of Bay Thi Phan-Janisch, Marina, Calif.
Whiting is a 1999 graduate of Hopkinton High School. She is the daughter of John and Anne Whiting, Contoocook, N.H.
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