Eurich named to first team; nine Bulldogs honored by GPAC

By Jacob Knabel on May. 7, 2024 in Softball

2024 GPAC Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team: Megan Eurich
Second Team: Aubrey Bruning; Taylor Glause; Aubriana Krieser; Kylie Shottenkirk
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Katz; Laycee Josoff; Julia Van Wey; Delanie Voshell

SEWARD, Neb. – After vaulting into a tie for third place in the GPAC in 2024, the Concordia University Softball program earned a slew of GPAC All-Conference awards. As announced on Tuesday (May 7), nine Bulldogs earned 2024 All-GPAC accolades with the first team mention for junior pitcher Megan Eurich serving as the headliner. In addition, Head Coach Brock Culler’s squad placed four players on the conference’s second team: outfielder Aubrey Bruning, catcher Taylor Glause, designated player Aubriana Krieser and first baseman Kylie Shottenkirk. There were also four honorable mention selections from Concordia (as noted above).

A native of Gretna, Neb., Eurich took her game to another level in 2024. Among GPAC pitchers, Eurich ranked first in innings pitched (196.2), second in strikeouts (194), third in wins (18) and ninth in ERA (2.53). Eurich limited opposing batters to a .249 average and allowed 54 walks. She racked up nine shutouts and threw 20 complete games in one of the best individual seasons for a pitcher in program history. Her 194 strikeouts broke the previous program standard of 193 by Nicole Sempek in 2010. Through three seasons as a Bulldog, Eurich owns a 29-22 record to go along with a 3.15 ERA and 335 strikeouts in 375.1 innings (77 appearances).

Bruning moved up to the GPAC’s second team this season after being recognized with honorable mention accolades in 2023. The Lincoln Southeast High School alum again starred at the top of the lineup. In 45 games this season, Bruning batted .323 (43-for-133) with 25 runs scored, four doubles, nine RBIs and a team high 17 stolen bases (fourth most in the GPAC). In 129 career collegiate games, the left fielder has batted .313 with 101 hits, 62 runs and 37 stolen bases. Bruning jumped to No. 7 on the program’s all-time stolen base list.

The Malcolm, Neb., native Glause graduated this May following a three-year run with the Bulldogs. She enjoyed her best season yet while batting .322 (39-for-121) in 2024. Glause started 41 games and recorded 13 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs. She sported a .369 on-base percentage and .405 slugging percentage and added 10 stolen bases. Glause made just one error in 194 chances (.995 fielding percentage). Over her three Concordia seasons, Glause notched 98 hits and 41 RBIs.

The younger sister of Concordia Women’s Basketball guard Abby Krieser, Aubriana made a name for herself as a freshman. She was chosen as Concordia’s Bulldog Athletic Association Member Women’s Athlete of the Month of April after helping the Bulldogs finish the regular season strong. Krieser led all regulars with a .389 batting average (28-for-72) and .653 slugging percentage in 24 games. The Lincoln North Star High School alum’s stat line included 19 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs and 24 RBIs. Krieser hit three home runs in the doubleheader sweep of Briar Cliff on April 19.

Another Lincoln North Star grad, Shottenkirk moved from shortstop to first base in her junior season. She made waves in the middle of April and was named the NAIA National Player of the Week on April 23. For the season, Shottenkirk batted .310 (39-for-126) with 21 runs, seven doubles, five home runs and 28 RBIs in 47 games. She posted a .389 on-base percentage and .484 slugging percentage. In the field, Shottenkirk handled 316 of 325 chances (.972 fielding percentage). In three seasons at Concordia, Shottenkirk owns a .326 batting average, .394 on-base percentage and .485 slugging percentage. She’s produced career totals of 123 hits, 64 runs, 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 72 RBIs.

The San Diego, Calif., native Julia Van Wey has earned her first career All-GPAC award. A consistently solid performer at third base, Van Wey finished the season with a .292 batting average (45-for-154), 25 runs, five doubles, two triples, a home run and 14 RBIs. She also stole six bases and posted a .951 fielding percentage. In four years at Concordia, Van Wey played in 169 games and totaled 74 runs, 143 hits, 28 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 65 RBIs. She struck out just 23 times her entire career. Van Wey also helped the 2021 team reach the NAIA National Tournament.

Jennifer Katz (center field) and Delanie Voshell (right field) held down starting spots in the outfield in 2024. In her first season as a Bulldog, Katz batted .271 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 26 RBIs and made just three errors in the field. Meanwhile, Voshell batted .254 with four doubles, a triple and 13 RBIs. As a freshman, shortstop Laycee Josoff made an immediate impact. The Yutan, Neb., native batted .290 with five extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 44 games. She also stole eight bases and notched 55 putouts and 65 assists in the field.

Culler’s squad completed the 2024 season with a 23-25 overall record (13-9 GPAC). The Bulldogs were eliminated from the GPAC tournament, played in Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 1.