Lange and Betts earn All-American status
By Ben Risinger, SID
May 14, 2004
BLUFFTON, OHIO - Bluffton College softball players junior Allison Lange (Archbold/Archbold) and sophomore Sarah Betts (Bryan/Bryan) have been named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Americans. Lange was named to the second team as an outfielder while Betts earned a spot on the third team as an at-large finalist. The Beavers made school history as the softball program has never produced two All-Americans in a single year.
The duo helped lead the Beavers to a 2004 Heartland Conference championship and a school record 26 wins this past season. Lange and Betts were honored as first team All-Central Region recipients and both made the first team All-HCAC squad.
Lange had an outstanding season for the Beavers as she started in every single contest in 2004. Allison broke single season records in batting average (.522), hits (48), doubles (14), home runs (5), total bases (81), slugging percentage (.880) and on-base percentage (.600). She holds the career marks at Bluffton for the top batting average at .357, most total bases, most doubles and most home runs and ranks third in career hits, fifth in career runs scored, and fourth in career runs batted in. Lange was an HCAC player of the week honoree once this past season.
Betts was selected as the 2004 Most Valuable Player of the HCAC. The pitcher broke almost every single season pitching record at Bluffton this year (lowest ERA, lowest opponent batting average, most strikeouts, most wins, most appearances, games started, complete games, most shutouts, innings pitched and most batters faced). She also holds the career records in lowest ERA, most shutouts, most strikeouts and lowest opponent batting average. Betts posted an opponent batting average of .146 and faced 745 batters in 209 innings on the mound. The sophomore had 25 victories in 32 starts this season with 29 complete games and 11 shutout victories. She was chosen as HCAC player of the week twice in 2004.