NORMAL, Ill. – Senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (Sedro-Woolley, Wash./Sedro-Woolley) became the first four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in school history, earning first-team all league honors for the third time in her career; while senior Marina Groenewegen (Surrey, British Columbia/Elgin Park Secondary/Southern Idaho) and sophomore Kendall Duffy (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) were both named Second Team All-MVC announced by the league office Wednesday.
Lynch-Crumrine is the first four-time All-Valley performer in program history and joined Bradley Hall of Fame member Beth Hawkins (1984-86) as the only three-time first-team all-conference selection in Bradley softball history. Groenewegen and Duffy both earned all-league honors for the first times in their careers as the Braves had three All-MVC selections for the first time since 2011.
The third player in MVC history with 45 career wins in the circle and at least 150 hits at the plate, Lynch-Crumrine garnered First-Team All-Valley honors for the first time since 2012 after taking home second-team recognition last year. Among the top five in the league in wins (16), ERA (2.97), innings pitched (193.0) and strikeouts (125), she earned a conference-leading 11 victories in MVC play to go with a 2.65 ERA. At the plate, Lynch-Crumrine hit .316 with 16 RBI in Valley play.
Lynch-Crumrine is hitting .306 this spring with 23 RBI and her 16 victories are the most by a Bradley hurler since 2009. She is the third pitcher in school history to have 125 or more strikeouts in back-to-back seasons and ranks among Bradley’s career top 10 in hits in addition to the top four in nearly every pitching category.
Groenewegen has helped highlight a Bradley offensive attach which has scored the most runs (236) since 1995. She is hitting a team-best .330 this spring and her team-high 32 RBI rank eighth among Bradley season totals. In MVC play, Groenewegen owned the fourth-best average in the league at .406 and belted five of her team-best six homers in conference action.
Bradley’s first international player, Groenewegen collected hits in 12 of the last 13 games and 14 of the final 16 games of the 2014 regular season. During her strong run to end the year, she hit .392 with three doubles, four homers, 11 runs scored and 16 RBI. Groenewegen hit a team-best .405 with runners in scoring position during the year.
Duffy took home second-team honors at third base after splitting time this season at the hot corner and at catcher. A .242 hitter on the year with 21 RBI, Duffy’s bat came alive in conference play where she hit .311 and was third on the team with 15 RBI.
Second on the team with 10 two-out RBI in league action, Duffy boasted a .970 fielding percentage in MVC games. She started all but one game this spring and has been in the starting lineup 104 times in her two seasons on The Hilltop.
Bradley is the #4 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Normal, Ill. The Braves will play the winner of tomorrow morning’s game between #5 Northern Iowa and #8 Missouri State Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.