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Lock Havenâ€™s Kristin Erb named 2008-09 Honda Award D-II Athlete of the Year
Senior pitcher Kristin Erb of the NCAA Division II Champion Lock Haven University softball team has been named the 2008-09 Honda Division II Athlete of the Year for her remarkable efforts on the softball diamond this past season. The honor is based on the results of national balloting among Division II schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 33rd year.
Erb will be presented the Honda Sports Award for Division II Athlete of the Year at a ceremony at Columbia University in New York City on June 22. Erb was one of 11 women up for this year’s honor and previously received the prestigious honor in 2006, following her freshman season. She was also nominated as the Division II softball representative in 2007.
Erb capped her remarkable collegiate pitching career this year, leading the Lady Eagles to their second National Championship in four years. She was voted the 2009 NCAA Championship’s Most Outstanding Performer, finishing with an individual pitching record of 50-5 to lead the nation in Division II wins. Her Division II-best 0.47 ERA allowed only 24 earned runs in 356 total innings. She held the opposition to a .152 batting average and struck out 399 on the way to her 50-win season, which tied the Division II mark for single-season wins and helped Erb achieve her outstanding 168-18 career record – the most ever career wins for a Division II pitcher. She also set the NCAA Division II career record with 100 career shutouts.
Noted Erb, "The Honda Sports Award is an amazing accomplishment in women’s sports at the college level. Not only are you the best in your sport, you’re the best in all the women’s sports for your division. I’m very proud to have received it not only once but twice in my career. Winning this award shows that all my hard work and dedication has paid off. I couldn’t have done this without the help of my coaches and teammates and I thank them for that."
This year Erb became a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-American for the fourth straight time. She was also the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Region selection. She recently joined the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), signing a professional softball contract with the Philadelphia Force.
2008-2009 Nominees for Division II Athlete of the Year:
Katie Cezat – basketball – Hillsdale College
DIVISION II ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
1987-88 Angela Brinton – volleyball - Cal State University, Northridge