By Erin McGonigal
for Creighton Sports Information
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton softball head coach Brent Vigness announced Wednesday that 2015 signee Sydnee Eck earned a Division I National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First Team All-America honor.
Eck, a right-handed pitcher, recently completed her freshman season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. In her first season with Butler, Eck picked up several postseason honors in addition to the First Team All-American selection. Eck claimed the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Freshman of the Year award along with a First Team All-Conference selection.
With 37 appearances in the circle, Eck boasted a 28-7 record, a 1.55 ERA and 228 strikeouts this season. At the plate, she led the Grizzlies with 14 homers and 58 RBI and ranked first on the squad with a .435 batting average and 60 hits.
The Andale, Kan., native’s 1.55 ERA ranked No. 29 nationally in the NJCAA this past season. Eck’s 28 wins and 228 strikeouts ranked fifth nationwide. Her home run total of 14 was No. 38 nationally while her slugging percentage of .841 comes in at No. 22 in the country.
Eck helped lead Butler to its fourth consecutive conference, regional title and its fourth straight NJCAA National Tournament bid.
The Grizzlies have been perennial mainstays at the NJCAA Softball Division I Championship Tournaments in recent years under the direction of head coach Doug Chance finishing with a 36-10 overall and a No. 7 ranking in the final NJCAA Division I poll.
Prior to her arrival in El Dorado, Eck sat out a season and spent a year as a student at Kansas State without playing softball.
In high school, Eck led Andale-Garden Plain to three straight state titles in Kansas Class 4A and claimed three All-Metro selections from the Wichita Eagle. As a senior she posted a record of 17-0 while striking out 203 batters in 103.3 innings pitched. Eck also hit .474 with 14 home runs.
Eck joins four fall signees at CU for the 2015 season in TaShiana Coffiel-Nelson, Hayleigh Evans, Allie Webb and Michelle Trulin.
Vigness and his Jays will report for fall practice in August.