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Olson Headlines Dutch all-Iowa Conference Softball Selections

Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 5:51 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Trevor Castle / Central Sports Info

Becoming the second Central College softball player to earn the Iowa Conference Pitcher of the Year Award, senior Karly Olson leads a trio of Dutch players earning all-conference recognition.

Olson is joined on the first team by freshman center fielder Sara Tallman from Pella. Second baseman Paige Dickel was picked for the second team.

Olson led the league in ERA (0.66), strikeouts (46) and opponent batting average (.145). Her 8-2 record in conference games helped the Dutch to a runner-up finish in the regular season. She pitched five complete game shutouts, totaling 63.1 innings of work in 12 appearances.

Tallman led the team with a .434 batting average in 16 league games. She had 23 hits and crossed the plate a team-high nine times. In the field, she maintained a 1.000% fielding percentage and tallied 24 putouts. She also led the team with six doubles and eight stolen bases.

Central finished the regular season at 32-8 and 13-3 in conference play. They are hosting a four-team NCAA Regional this weekend, starting with a 3:30 p.m. contest against the University of St. Thomas on Friday.