Swedes' Traffas named KCAC's top player

By Bethany College Sports Information
May 02, 2014
Bethany College Sports Information

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Kelli Traffas has been named KCAC Softball Player of the Year.

Traffas, a senior third baseman from Medicine Lodge, is a repeat Player of the Year, and also earned first-team All-KCAC. 

She finished the season hitting .451, totaling 82 hits, 64 RBIs and 55 runs. Traffas hit 12 home runs and was 29 of 32 on stolen bases. She finishes the season nationally ranked in numerous offensive categories: second in total triples (9), fifth in total bases (145), sixth in hits (82), sixth in runs batted in (64), ninth in triples per game (.161), 13th in total bases per game (2.589), 16th in total at bats (182), 19th slugging percentage (.797), 20th in total stolen bases (29), 22nd in total runs scored (12), 23rd in total steal attempts (32), and 24th in runs batted in per game (1.143).

Traffas finishes her illustrious four-year career as a two-time KCAC Player of the Year, three-time 1st Team All-KCAC selection, one secondn-team All-KCAC selection and two Preseason Team honors.

Also named first-team All-KCAC were Jasmine Zaker, a junior first baseman from Mesa, Ariz., and Ashley Montoya, a sophomore second baseman from Bay City, Texas.

Montoya hit .411 with 74 hits, 57 run, 65 RBIs and a .772 slugging percentage. She ended the season ranked nationally in several categories: fourth in runs batted in (65), sixth in total doubles (19), sixth in total bases (139), 14th in runs batted in per game (1.182), 14th in runs scored (57), 18th in total hits (74), 19th in total bases per game (2.527), 22nd in home runs (12), and 25th in total triples (5). She earned second-team All-KCAC honors as a freshman in 2013.

Zaker completed the season hitting .388, tallying 76 hits, 37 RBIs, 62 runs, and was 47 of 54 in stolen bases. She is also widely nationally ranked: second in total steal attempts (54), third in total stolen bases (47), fifth in steal attempts per game (.964), sixth in total stolen bases per game (.839), eighth in total runs scored (62), eighth in total putouts (393), 16th in total hits (76), and 19th in caught stealing per game (.125). In 2012, Zaker was named second-team All-KCAC.

Three additional Swedes earned second-team All-KCAC honors: sophomore pitcher Kierstin Stolley, Denver, Colo.; junior outfielder Mariana Cerenio-Jordan, Lakeport, Calif.; and senior outfielder Ashley Nicolich, Modesto, Calif.

Stolley compiled an 11-4 record with one save, tallying a 2.13 earned run average and an opponent batting average of .253 through 98.2 innings pitched.

Cerenio-Jordan hit .381 with 74 hits, 54 runs, and 36 RBIs and 35 of 38 stolen bases. She is nationally ranked ninth in stolen bases (35), 18th in total hits (74), and 24th in total runs scored (54), and 25th in stolen bases per game (.636).

Nicolich ends the season with a .327 batting average, recording 53 hits, 38 runs and 38 RBIs.

In addition, Stephanie Minder, a sophomore pitcher from Loami, Ill., was named honorable mention All-KCAC.

Minder recorded a 5.94 earned run average through 112 innings pitched, posting a .298 opponent batting average.

The Swedes ended the season 32-24 overall, and placed third in the KCAC regular season at 12-6. This is the third straight 30-win season for the Swedes and the seventh consecutive season in which they have finished third or higher in the KCAC.

Bethany had a record-breaking offensive year, ranked nationally in countless offensive categories as a team: first in total at bats (1,612), second in total hits (575), second in total stolen bases (175), third in stolen bases per game (3.125), third in steal attempts (3.554), fourth in total runs scored (428), fifth in total triples (25), fifth in at bats per game (28.786), fifth in total caught stealing (24), seventh in runs batted in (346), eighth in runs scored per game (7.643), eighth in hits per game (10.268), eighth in total chances (1,632), 10th in batting average (.357), 11th in caught stealing per game (.429), 11th in total putouts (1,053), 11th in total assists (479), 13th in triples per game (.446), 14th in slugging percentage (.533), 17th in runs batted in per game (6.179), 17th in home runs per game (.929) and 34th in total doubles (79).