OSKALOOSA – After outstanding senior campaigns on the softball diamond, William Penn University players Meghan Oden (Centerville, Muscatine CC) and Ashley Brant (Newton, Newton HS) both garnered NAIA Second-Team All-American accolades, announced by the national office.

Both individuals, who helped Penn to a 46-14 record and the school’s second-ever national tournament appearance, are first-time honorees as Brant was named as a catcher and Oden as an at-large player. The second-team awards are the first for the program since joining the NAIA in 2002.

Oden was the foundation of the team in 2007, highlighted by her 30-9 record and 1.33 earned run average. The senior had 35 complete games with 14 shutouts and seven saves in a school-record 248 innings of work. She also notched 240 strikeouts against just 26 walks and held opposing batters to a ..202 average. Her 30 wins set a program single-season mark.

Although it failed to advance to the next level, the Lady Statesmen softball team showed its grit in finishing Pool D competition with a 1-3 mark at the NAIA National Softball Tournament last month.

Penn (46-14) ended its year with four consecutive one-run contests. After falling to St. Gregory’s (Okla.) in the opening game, 2-1, the Lady Statesmen bounced back to drop Bellevue (Neb.), 1-0. Unfortunately, in a must-win matchup, Penn fell to Tiffin (Ohio) 7-6 (10 innings), before closing the campaign with a 2-1 loss to Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.).

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