Indiana University third baseman Amanda Wagner wrapped up her playing career by garnering several postseason awards.

The Queen of Peace graduate was named to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-Region Second Team. The award is the first for the Burbank resident and the first for the Hoosiers in two seasons.

Wagner appeared in 51 games (all starts) during the season for Indiana and led the Hoosiers in batting average (.423), hits (55), doubles (16), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.654) and on-base percentage (.573). Wagner was second in runs (24) and RBI (25).

Wagner, who was the Big Ten Player of the Week for the period ending March 18, was voted Indiana’s MVP and Most Outstanding Player and also was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the second consecutive season.

Wagner’s 33 walks for the season brought her career total to 98, good enough for second in Indiana’s record book, and her 16 doubles were the second-most in a single campaign by any Hoosiers softball player.

Ram tough

Reavis graduate Zach Smerz was one of five Ashford University (Iowa) baseball players named to the Daktronics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2013 season.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

The announcement put Ashford’s number of scholar-athletes to 36 for the 2012-13 athletic season.

On the diamond, Smerz, a senior pitcher, appeared in nine games this season for the Saints, making eight starts. The Burbank resident was 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA and one complete game. In 41 innings, Smerz struck out 28 and walked 14.

Touch of Gray

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s Rebecca Gray was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Player of the Week in women’s softball for the period ending April 22.

Gray, a Marian Catholic graduate, hit .700 (7-for-10) during the period. Four of her hits were for extra bases, including her first home run of the season in a 3-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader against visiting Tennessee Tech. The Crete resident finished the week with a 1.300 slugging percentage and a .727 on-base percentage.

For the season, Gray, a sophomore left fielder, was third on the Cougars with a .333 batting average. Gray, who played in 43 games, scored 26 runs to go along with seven doubles, two triples, one homer and 15 RBI. She posted a .388 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage.

Conor’s kudos

Brother Rice graduate Conor Sullivan was one of four Ave Maria University (Fla.) baseball players chosen to the Sun Conference’s All-Conference Second Team for the 2013 season.

In addition, Sullivan also was one of three Gyrenes receiving recognition from the NAIA as he was named to the Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team after not committing an error as Ave Maria’s starting catcher. Sullivan, a sophomore, has committed just three errors in 96 career games. He also threw out 22 of the 26 runners who were trying to steal this season.

Sullivan appeared in 51 games this season for the Gyrenes, making 46 starts. At the plate, Sullivan hit. 277 with nine doubles, two triples, 24 RBI and seven runs.