Four members of the Butler softball team, including junior shortstop Bridget Paine, have been named to the 2009 Horizon League Softball All-League Team. The All-League squad, selected by league coaches, was announced at 2009 Horizon League Softball Championship pre-tournament banquet on Wednesday evening (May 6).
Paine, who started 48 games for the Bulldogs this past season, was named first team All-League. She finished the regular season with a .313 batting average, including seven doubles, two triples and five home runs. She enters the Horizon League Championship with a team-high 29 runs scored and 23 runs batted in.
Senior leftfielder Alex Boros earned second team All-League recognition, while freshmen Erin Falkenberry and Mallory Winters both were named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Boros, a starter in all 49 games this year, batted .319 with 10 doubles and four home runs during the regular season. She ranks among the league leaders in both hits (51) and doubles, while leading the Bulldogs in both categories.
Falkenberry batted .289, while starting 48 games at first base. She set a school record with 10 home runs, the second-highest total in the league, and she ranks among the league leaders in runs batted in with 34. The hard-hitting first baseman also leads the team in putouts with 307. Winters, a starting catcher, carries a .275 batting average into the league championship. She had three doubles, three home runs and 16 runs batted in during the regular season, while starting 37 games.
Sarah Clynes of league regular season champ UIC was named Horizon League Player of the Year, while Amanda Macenko of league runner-up Cleveland State was chosen Horizon League Pitcher of the Year. Sara Strickland of Valparaiso was tabbed as the league's Newcomer of the Year and UIC coach Michelle Venturella was selected league Coach of the Year.
Butler will host the 2009 Horizon League Softball Championship, which begins with six games on Thursday, May 7, at Pendleton Heights High School. The Bulldogs, seeded fifth, will face No. 8 Youngstown State at 11 a.m. (ET) on Thursday in the tournament's second game.