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National Championship Ring Ceremony Set for Saturday

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

TYLER – The UT Tyler softball team will have its National Championship Ring Ceremony on Saturday at Suddenlink Field.

The Patriots won the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship and will celebrate with a ceremony on Saturday that will begin at 3:30 p.m. by honoring alumni which set the foundation before an introduction of the future with the 2017 team. The ceremony will continue with Letterman Awards, individual honors, team awards and the NFCA Division III Player of the Year Award being presented to Kelsie Batten by the NFCA’s Dave Hines. A list of UT Tyler softball honors is below. 

The ceremony will be highlighted with National Championship rings being presented by Dr. Rodney H. Mabry, Dr. Howard Patterson and Congressman Louie Gohmert.

The UT Tyler softball program will then play an Alumni slow-pitch softball game.

The Patriots finished the 2016 season with a 49-5 overall record, including enjoying a 33-game winning streak in the regular season and then going 10-1 in the NCAA DIII tournament. The team outscored its opponents by a 362-59 run-margin and was ranked No. 1 in the nation throughout. Reed and his team hosted the first two round of the NCAA tournament, rolling through the Tyler Regional with wins over Agnes Scott, No. 8 ETBU and No. 5 Texas Lutheran and then sweeping through the Tyler Super Regional with 9-1 and 2-0 victories over No. 20 Linfield College. Advancing to their fifth DIII College World Series, the Patriots would outscored their opponents 30-1 in six games at the CWS in Salem, Virginia, culminating with 3-0 and 7-0 wins over Messiah College in the NCAA DIII College World Series finals.  

UT Tyler led the nation with a 1.05 pitching staff ERA, a .950 fielding percentage and winning percentage. 

2016 UT TYLER SOFTBALL AWARDS

NFCA National Player of the Year: Kelsie Batten
NFCA All-America: Kelsie Batten (2), Raven Rodriguez (2)
CoSIDA Academic All-America: Vanessa Carrizales, Jackie Mendez, Raven Rodriguez
Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) DIII Honda Player of the Year (softball): Kelsie Batten
NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year: Mike Reed, Whitney Wyly, Christa Hartnett, Anthony Springer, Coby Gipson
NFCA All-West Region: Kelsie Batten (1), Raven Rodriguez (1), Kaylee Prather (2), KK Stevens (2), Vanessa Carrizales (3)

NFCA NCAA Division III West Region Coaching Staff of the Year: Mike Reed, Whitney Wyly, Christa Hartnett, Anthony Springer, Coby Gipson
All-Conference: Raven Rodriguez (1), Kelsie Batten (1), Kaylee Prather (1), Kelsie Batten (1), KK Stevens (1), Alaina Kissinger (1), Vanessa Carrizales (1), Jackie Mendez (2), Kristin Lopez (2), Jade Green (HM)
ASC Player of the Year: Raven Rodriguez
ASC Pitcher of the Year: Kelsie Batten
ASC Coaching Staff of the Year: Mike Reed, Whitney Wyly, Christa Hartnett, Anthony Springer, Coby Gipson
ASC Hitter of the Week: Raven Rodriguez (3/7), Kristin Lopez (3/21), Jade Green (4/25)
ASC Pitcher of the Week: Kelsie Batten (2/19, 2/16, 2/29, 3/7, 3/28, 4/4); Alaina Kissinger (3/14) 
NFCA National Hitter of the Week: Kristin Lopez (3/23)
NFCA National Pitcher of the Week: Kelsie Batten (3.2.2016 ); Alaina Kissinger (3.12.2016)
ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor: Vanessa Carrizales
CoSIDA Academic All-District: Vanessa Carrizales, Jackie Mendez, Raven Rodriguez
ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete: Raven Rodriguez

Academic All-Conference: Jackie Mendez, Mel Hinojosa, Vanessa Carrizales, Kelsie Batten, Raven Rodriguez, KK Stevens, Lexi Ackroyd, Emilee Burkhardt
NCAA DIII Championship All-Tournament: Kelsie Batten (MOP), Kristin Lopez, Lexi Ackroyd, Raven Rodriguez, Bianca Van Vlerah
Tyler Regional All-Tournament: Vanessa Carrizales (MVP), Kaylee Prather, Cheyenne Thompson, Kelsie Batten
Tyler Super Regional Awards: Vanessa Carrizales (Most Valuable Player), Kelsie Batten (Most Valuable Pitcher)
HeroSports Pitcher of the Year: Kelsie Batten
HeroSports Coach of the Year: Mike Reed

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