Apr 30, 2014 11:00 AM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs softball team led the RMAC with three student-athletes on the 2014 RMAC Softball First Team in the all-conference awards. Jourdan Hitchings, Emily Jennings and Jessica Belsterling were each named to the First Team while Korey Kulpins was named to the Third Team.
The four Mountain Lions led UCCS to the RMAC softball tournament for the second straight season and for the third time in the last four seasons. UCCS is ninth in the latest NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings and have won at least 25 games in back-to-back seasons.
Hitchings was the leadoff batter for the Mountain Lions all season and is leading the team with 62 hits. She has recorded multiple hits in 18 games this season and had a career-high five hits against New Mexico Highlands. Hitchings was a member of the All-RMAC Second Team last season.
Belsterling has led the team with a .436 batting average and a 3.72 earned run average. She has a team-leading 52 RBIs and will enter the conference tournament with a seven-game hitting streak. In the pitching circle, she has struck out 88 batters. Belsterling recorded a one-hit shutout against Black Hills State on March 15. It's the fourth All-RMAC honor for Belsterling after a pair of Second Team nods the last two seasons and a selection to the Third Team in her freshman season.
Jennings has 61 assists as the starting shortstop for the Mountain Lions and is third on the team with a .376 batting average. She has a team-leading 10 home runs and has the second-best slugging percentage for UCCS at .660. Jennings is a two-time member of the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll and was a member of the All-RMAC Third Team in 2012.
Kulpins has pitched two shutouts with 11 victories this season in her first career selection to the all-conference teams. She struck out a season-high nine batters at Adams State on March 10 and posted both of her shutouts in back-to-back appearances in late March.
The Mountain Lions will be the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament and will face No. 3 seed Chadron State at 10:45 a.m., at the Colorado Mesa Softball Field on Thursday in Grand Junction, Colo.