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Two Kirkwood softball players moving to D-1

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Amanda Lambrecht Amanda Lambrecht
Jami Miller Jami Miller

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Two standouts from the Kirkwood softball team will play their last season as Eagles after signing letters of intent to play at the Division 1 level.

Amanda Lambrecht of East Moline, Illinois will take her pitching prowess to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, while Jami Miller of Genoa, Illinois will play in the Big Ten for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lambrecht and Miller both contributed to the Eagles 55 win season as freshmen.

Lambrecht, who pitched six no hitters and two perfect games, ended last season with a 23-2 record.  She threw 254 strikeouts with just 49 walks and had a 0.82 earned run average and broke a 12-year school record by throwing 52 strikeouts.

"We are so proud of Amanda signing with SIUE. Knowing her options out of high school, and committing before she threw a single regulation game was a tremendous accomplishment. After I saw her throw one pitch, I knew she would be a great pitcher here and could pitch at the Division I level.", said Kirkwood Head Coach Joe Yegge in a written statement.

Miller, who competed in all 61 games as a freshman, had 82 hits, 13 home runs and a .469 batting average.  She also stole all 28 bases she attempted.

"Jami signing with the University of Wisconsin shows how much hard work and dedication she has put forth in becoming a great ball player. She is the type of player I wish we could have for more than two years. Her personality, work ethic and ability to be a great teammate is so amazing, it's hard to see her leave. We are very proud of her accomplishments and feel fortunate to have coached such an outstanding individual.", said Kirkwood Head Coach Joe Yegge in a written statement.

The Kirkwood Eagles have high expectations for the upcoming season after last year's success. They broke nearly every record in the book, including most wins, most runs scored, longest win streak and most shut outs.

The 2011 season starts in the spring.

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