Sports Shorts 5/9/08: Maroons grab conference, regional honors

By Jake Grubman

With the Maroons’ seasons all but over, three spring squads piled up honors this week.

The softball team has chalked up two more all-region team selections for Chicago, bringing this year’s total to eight as third-year shortstop Jen Jacobson and second-year outfielder/pitcher Kathleen Duffy were selected to the All–Great Lakes Region Team Tuesday.

Jacobson closed out her junior season batting .517, the fourth-highest season average in school history. A 25-game hitting streak highlighted Jacobson’s season as the shortstop reached base in all but one of her 28 games.

Duffy led the Maroons with 24 RBI this year. She hit .460 while splitting time between the outfield and the pitcher’s mound while also contributing at third and shortstop. Each were named UAA Athlete of the Week earlier this season, as softball closed out the year with a record of 11–19.

In UAA nods, third-year catcher Scott Hofer and second-year pitcher Joe Pankow earned a rare sweep of UAA Athlete of the Week honors for the baseball team, and first-year Harry Backlund rounded out Chicago’s trio of conference honorees.

Hofer knocked in seven runs and scored six while batting .387 and notching a .613 slugging percentage over a seven-game span. He belted the first grand slam of his college career in last Friday’s loss to Aurora.

Pankow capitalized on Hofer’s power display against Wheaton, holding the Thunder scoreless over seven innings while giving up four hits and striking out five en route to a 6–4 win.

Backlund took silver in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:58.99 Saturday at the Butler University Twilight Invitational against competition of all divisions.