Wagner Named Association of Division III Independents Student-Athlete of the Month Award Winner for March

KANSAS CITY, MO.--- Pitcher Ashley Wagner of Nebraska Wesleyan University was named today as the recipient of the Association of Division III Independents Student-Athlete of the Month awards for March. First-year pitcher Wagner started her softball career at Nebraska Wesleyan in fine fashion, going 5-0 on the mound with an earned-run average of 0.58 for the month. The Minden, IA, native finished with three shutouts in four starts, including a five-inning no-hitter and a pair of one-hitters. A double was the only extra-base hit she allowed in seven total appearances during March. In 31 innings pitched, Wagner allowed just two earned runs, 10 walks and 17 hits, while striking out 26. She held opponents to a .162 batting average. On March 17, she threw two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the decision in a 7-6 win against Northwestern College (Iowa), a team that has been ranked in the region's top five all season. On March 27, she fell one hit short of a perfect game against Doane College, which was ranked fourth in NAIA Region III at the time, as the Prairie Wolves won 8-0 in five innings.