The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball players Molly Jacobsen and Claire Dudek to the NJCAA Division II All-American First Team.
Jacobsen, a freshman from Adel, was named to a pitching position and Dudek, a sophomore from Urbandale, was named to an infield position. She earned second-team All-American honors as a freshman.
Jacobsen compiled a 25-4 record and a 1.08 earned run average during the 2017 season. She finished third nationally in wins, second in earned run average and second in strikeouts with 273. Jacobsen, who averaged 11.22 strikeouts a game, pitched 170 and a third innings, allowing 38 runs, 28 earned runs, on 105 hits. She walked 37 batters and received five of the eight first-place votes for the best player in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). Opposing hitters batted .171 against Jacobsen.
Jacobsen was also a key offensive player for the Bears, hitting .398 with an on-base percentage of .449 and a slugging percentage of .670. She had 35 hits in 88 at-bats, including nine doubles and five home runs. She drove in 23 runs and scored 21 runs.
Dudek, a second-team All-American in 2016, hit .440 with on on-base percentage of .504 and a slugging percentage of .591. She had 85 hits in 193 at-bats, including 11 doubles, six triples and two home runs. She drove in 41 runs and led the Bears in runs scored with 70. Dudek ended the season ranked sixth nationally in stolen bases with 49.
Jacobsen and Dudek helped the DMACC softball team to a 47-9 record in 2017. The record including three winning streaks of seven games or more and a 24-game winning streak late in the season. The Bears tied Kirkwood Community College (KCC) for the regular season championship in the ICCAC with a 24-2 record, won the NJCAA Region XI-A championship and the NJCAA District G title to advance to the NJCAA DII Softball Championship for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in the past six seasons.