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June 20, 2013
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Former Bulldog Softball Standout Becker Headed to NSIC Hall of Fame
University of Minnesota Duluth All-American softball second
baseman Patty Becker is among eight individuals who will be enshrined into the
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on July 10. The NSIC Hall of
Fame Banquet will take place at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, Minn.
Becker is the 18th representative from UMD to be so honored.
Becker, a native of Hampton, Minn., became the first Bulldog to receive All-American
softball recognition (NAIA first team in 1990 and NAIA honorable mention one
year later) and the first to be named to the All-Northern Intercollegiate Sun
Conference team on four occasions. She exited the UMD program owning lifetime
marks for hitting (a .405 average), runs (138), hits (194) and sacrifices (51) while
appearing in 157 games as the team's leadoff batter. As a senior in 1992, Becker
set a then school-record for batting average (.484), hits (44), stolen bases (8) and
sacrifices (10) en route to being chosen the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player for an
unprecedented third straight time and earning NCAA Division II All-Midwest first
team honors. During her four-year career, she helped UMD claim three NSIC titles
(and post a 34-1 league mark in the process) and qualify for two NAIA National
Becker, who was the co-recipient of UMD's Outstanding Senior Female Athlete
Award for 1991-92, went on to play a pair of seasons in the Women's Professional
Fastpitch League with the Carolina Diamonds and Virginian Roadsters in 1997 and
1998. Nine years ago, she was inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame. Becker
currently resides in Richfield, Minn., and works as a hospice care massage therapist.
She's still active in competitive softball and will miss the NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet
because of a playing commitment in Portland, Ore.
The class of 2013 also includes Elizabeth Mulvihill (Bemidji State University)
, Kelley Owen (Minnesota State University-Moorhead), John Schultz (Minnesota
State University-Mankato), Julie (Jensen) Rozell (Northern State University), Van
Nelson (St. Cloud State University), Wayne Hawkins (Southwest Minnesota State
University) and Merridith Duellman Joly (Winona State University).
For banquet ticket reservations, go to www.NorthernSun.org and fill out a Hall of
Fame Banquet Form. Reservations are due by July 1, 2013 as space is limited for this