The University of Northern Iowa would like to recognize eight seniors for all the hard work and time they’ve contributed to the women’s softball program throughout their careers at UNI.
"I am very proud of this group of seniors. They have done a great job of leading this team in so many different ways. Each one of them is very special to this program in their own unique way. Seniors are the "heartbeat" of the team, and this group has given alot of life to this program. We have a moto for our program, it is "4 for 40". Their 4 represents their college career and the 40 represents the rest of thier career and life. Our goal is to prepare them during their 4 years to have all the tools necessary to be successful in whatever they pursue in the next 40 years. Although their window is closing as a college student-athlete, another window is opening for them to be ready to jump in. I know that all the experiences they have had during their time here at the University of Northern Iowa they are all ready to go out there and make a huge impact. From all of the coaches and the rest of the team.....Thank You Jeet, Hutch, Dunk, Borsch, Allie G, Leah, Whit, and LT." - Head Coach Ryan Jacobs
#2 Mackenzie Daigh - A short stop from Bucyrus, Kansas; Mackenzie is the Daughter of John and Jackie Daigh. Starting all 203 games of her career as a Panther, Daigh has put together a .342 career batting average which ranks as the 4th-best career average in the history of the program. She has connected on a school record 50 doubles and her 230 career hits ranks number two all-time at UNI. Daigh was named MVC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. She has been named to the all-MVC squad all three seasons with second-team honors in 2009 and 2010, and first-team honors in 2011. Mackenzie would like to be remembered as someone who gave 110 percent, made mistakes, but tried to learn from them. She hopes people will remember that she always tried to see the best in everyone, while making the most of every opportunity that God has blessed her with. A Gerontology major; Mackenzie plans to move to Houston, Texas after graduation and work with the family business.
#3 Allison Galvin – A center fielder from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Allison is the Daughter of Bill and Lisa Galvin. Starting all 53 games for the Panthers this season; Allison has been a strong presence in the outfield with 51 putouts and a threat at the plate putting together a .271 batting average to go along with her 14 stolen bases. Allison wants to be remembered as a positive and respectful student/athlete for UNI; someone who worked hard and was a positive leader, and a dedicated student athlete. The one thing Allison will miss most about UNI is the community. She has felt tremendous support from every aspect of the community and university. Galvin is majoring in Family Services and plans on working with at-risk kids and earning a degree in Mental Health counseling after graduation.
#6 Hannah Borschel – A left Fielder from Marion, Iowa; Hannah is the daughter of Jim and Carol Borschel. Starting 171 games while appearing in 185 as a Panther, Borschel has put together a .265 career batting average in her 491 at bats with 130 hits and 26 doubles. A 2011 MVC All tournament selection, Borschel also holds the schools career record of hit by pitches with 38. As a Panther, Hannah wants to be remembered as a hard worker, an effective leader, and a person who was kind and helpful to their teammates. She will miss her teammates the most, because she has spent the last 4 years getting to know them and has built strong bonds with them. They have built a family and she appreciates everything they have given and taught her. Hannah is majoring in Biology Education and plans to complete her student teaching in the Southeast Polk and Ankeny School districts after graduation.
#11 Courtney Dunker – A catcher and 1st basemen from New Lenox, Illinois; Courtney is the Daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Dunker. Appearing in 155 games throughout her career, Courtney has started in 132 of them. In her 402 at bats Courtney has connected for 95 hits. Courtney has tallied 29 home runs in her Panther career, which ranks one away from the school record of 30. She hit 14 home runs in the 2010 campaign to tie the UNI single-season record for homers. Courtney also drew 34 walks in 2011, which was one away from the Panthers’ single-season record for base on balls. Courtney would like to be remembered as a hard working player, someone who goes beyond what she is asked to do, as well as a great team player; helping her teammates whether it's pushing them during weights to keep them going or on the field at practice. Courtney will miss the competitive atmosphere the team has day in and day out along with being apart of a close knit family. Courtney is majoring in movement and exercise science and Pre-Physical Therapy with plans to go into either physical therapy school or nursing school after graduation.
#12 Jaye Hutcheson – A pitcher from Marion, Iowa; Jaye is the Daughter of Mark and Amy Hutcheson. Appearing in 97 games as a Panther, Jaye has started 47 of her contests in the circle. In her 391.1 innings pitched, Jaye has put together a 2.89 career ERA to go along with her 33-25 record and 337 strikeouts. This season Jaye has tallied 15 wins, including an impressive 8-2 mark in MVC play. One of Jaye’s biggest weeks this season came in early April where she earned the MVC Pitcher of The Week award winning a pair of games in 12 innings allowing just 7 hits and finished the week with a 1.17 ERA. Jaye is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and Journalism with plans to pursue a career in Public Relations or sales after graduation. Jaye will miss the lifelong friendships she has made and the family atmosphere of the team the most looking back at her time spent as a Panther.
#20 Laura Turner – A designated hitter from West Des Moines, Iowa; Laura is the Daughter of Brian and Jane Turner. Laura has played a major role at the plate for the Panthers this season appearing in 45 games while starting 42 of them. She has put together a .389 on base percentage. She has tallied 44 hits and 7 home runs. Laura would like to be remembered for how she presented herself each day and how she treated all of her teammates, coaches, and all others who were a part of her experience here at UNI. Laura will miss the relationships she has made throughout her years as a Panther the most. Majoring in family services; Laura plans to attend the University of Kansas's Higher Education Administration graduate program.
#24 Leah Embrey – An outfielder from Johnston, Iowa; Leah is the daughter of Don and Jacki Embrey. Appearing in 52 games as a Panther, Leah has put together a .219 career batting average through 63 at bats. Leah has served as a threat at the plate this season putting together a .485 slugging percentage and a .314 on base percentage. Leah played a key role in the Panthers win over Iowa last Thursday sending a 2-run home run over the right field fence in 4-3 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Leah would like to be remembered as a player that worked hard everyday no matter how tough the workout was and always had a positive attitude. Leah will miss all the friends she has made and how they've become a family on the team the most. Majoring in Physical Education Leah plans to student teach in Dubai this fall, then return to get an exercise science major and eventually graduate school for strength and conditioning.
#26 Whitney Plein - A pitcher from Burlington, Iowa; Whitney is the daughter of Thomas and Tami Plein. Whitney has appeared in 137 games as a Panther, starting in 106 of them. In her 282 at bats Whitney has put together a .286 career batting average connecting for 81 hits, 15 home runs, and 52 RBI. A tough defender, Whitney has posted 50 putouts this season, and 122 assists. Whitney currently leads the Panthers in home runs with 9 and RBI with 33, Whitney will miss seeing her friends and teammates on and off the field, and hopes to be remembered as a hard working and a loyal teammate. A Chemistry Education major; Whitney plans to student teach in Colorado, find a job, and become a coach.