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Lock Haven’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
Kristin Erb – softball – Lock Haven
Katie Hogan – lacrosse – C.W. Post
Andree Lakey – track & field – Angelo State
Yuan Quing Li – swimming – Drury
Lyndsay McBride – golf – Indianapolis
Maggie McNamara – volleyball – Concordia (St. Paul)
Sona Novakova – tennis – Armstrong Atlantic
Jessica Pixler – cross country – Seattle Pacific
Meredith Teague – soccer – Seattle Pacific
Jamie Vanartsdalen – field hockey – Bloomsburg

DIVISION II ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:

1987-88 Angela Brinton – volleyball - Cal State University, Northridge
1988-89 Janet Cobbs – volleyball - North Dakota State University
1989-90 Chrystal Hardy – basketball - Delta State University
1990-91 Tracy Saunders – basketball - Norfolk State University
1991-92 Kristina Hand – basketball - Cal Poly State University, SLO
1992-93 Christie Allen - cross country - Pittsburg State University
1993-94 Stacy Metro – volleyball - Northern Michigan University
1994-95 Charlaine Coetzee – golf - Longwood College
1995-96 Jennifer Clarkson – basketball - Abilene Christian University
1996-97 Kasey Morlock – basketball - North Dakota State University
1997-98 Danielle Penner – softball - Cal University of Pennsylvania
1998-99 Melinda Almazan – volleyball - Regis University
1999-2000 Jayne Even – basketball - North Dakota State University
2000-2001 Jessica Martin – swimming - Truman State University
2001-2002 Nicole Duncan - track and field - Cal State University, Los Angeles
2002-2003 Missy Gregg – soccer - Christian Brothers University
2003-2004 Zoila Gomez - track and field - Adams State College
2004-2005 Krystal Lewallen – softball - Northern Kentucky University
2005-2006 Kristin Erb – softball - Lock Haven University
2006-2007 Kylee Hanavan – soccer - Metropolitan State University
2007-2008 Vicky Braegelmann – volleyball - University of Minnesota, Duluth