Alma, Mich. - The 2018 Alma College softball season came to an end in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association postseason on Friday, May 4 with losses to No. 10 Saint Mary's and Hope.
The Scots ended the season with an overall record of 23-14 and a conference record of 9-7. It made the MIAA Tournament for the fourth straight season but dropped its first two games. Statistically, this was Alma's best offensive season since 2011. In 2018, the Scots had their highest batting average (.344), most runs scored (248) and highest slugging percentage (.489) in their last seven seasons.
Four players were named to All-Conference teams: senior outfielder/pitcher/designated player Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich. / Portland) was named to the First Team for the second consecutive year, while sophomore second baseman Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman), junior shortstop Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) and junior outfielder Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) were all named to the Second Team.
Brooks had one of Alma College's best offensive seasons in history in 2018. She finished third in the MIAA in RBI (52), fourth in home runs (nine), fifth in slugging percentage (.738), and sixth in both doubles (11) and batting average (.437). In the Alma College record books, Brooks has the second-most RBI and home runs in a single season. She is also second all-time in RBI (127), third in both doubles (40) and home runs (17) and fifth in both hits (173) and batting average (.391). On the mound, she went 10-5 with one save this year and has the ninth most wins in the league. Brooks was named the MIAA Position Player of the Week twice this season, the only player in the conference to do so in 2018.
Tucker has also established as one of the program's best hitters in her first full season. As a sophomore, she had the third-best batting average in a single season in program history (.455), as well as the seventh-most runs scored (43). The team's leadoff hitter, she finished first in the conference in triples (five), fourth in hits (60) and batting average, and fifth in runs scored, stolen bases (12) and on-base percentage (.493). On March 5, she was named the MIAA Position Player of the Week after recording a hit in all of Alma's first 12 games.
Schweiger earned a spot on the Second-Team for the second straight year. The Scots' number two hitter finished her junior year third in the conference in stolen bases (15). Schweiger had a batting average of .321 and an on-base percentage of .385. She accumulated 35 hits, 27 runs and 11 walks on the year.
Terwilliger was also named to the Second-Team for the second consecutive year. The shortstop finished first in the league in triples (five), also tied for the sixth most in single-season program history. She hit .358 and had an on-base percentage of .406 and a slugging percentage of .512. She amassed 44 hits, 30 runs, nine doubles, 24 RBI and 63 total bases as a junior.
Alma won its last five games of the regular season to earn a spot in the conference playoffs. Two of those wins came against Hope College when the Flying Dutch were ranked No. 14 in the country. The Scots closed the regular season with back-to-back blowouts of Albion on senior day to earn a spot in the tournament.
The Scots went 14-7 in non-conference games, including going 10-2 during their spring break trip to Florida in February. Alma played six teams that ended up making it to the NCAA Tournament, including four from the MIAA. The conference was as competitive it has ever been in 2018; the April 11 edition of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Division III Top 25 Poll saw four teams from the MIAA - Trine, Calvin, Hope and Saint Mary's - ranked. This was the first time since 1995 that the MIAA had four teams ranked in the Top 25 at the same time.
Graduating from the team is Brooks, pitcher/first baseman Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich. / Manchester), outfielder Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) and catcher Preslee Deater (Grant, Mich. / Grant). McClure wraps up her career with 344 innings under her belt, the eighth-most in Alma history, and 264 strikeouts, the fifth most ever by an Alma pitcher. Lee suffered an injury during the preseason but returned for the last half of the season, mostly seeing time as an outfielder in the team's flex spot in the lineup. She hit .275 in her career with an on-base percentage of .312. She was a strong defensive centerfielder, boasting a career fielding percentage of 97.1 percent. Deater was one of two backstops the Scots used in 2018. She hit .270 as a senior including three doubles and 10 RBI.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director