22 - Whitney Clute
Whitney Clute
Height: 5-5
Year: Senior
Hometown: Webb City, Mo.
High School: Crowder College
Position: Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R

Accolades: 2006 All-Region Honorable Mention (Labette CC), 2007 All-Region 1st Team (Crowder College), 2009 All-MIAA Honorable Mention

2009- Clute earned All-MIAA honors after leading the Lions in home runs (9), RBI (32), and doubles (13) as a junior. Clute stepped up in a big way for Bill Gray's squad after the injury to offensive stalwart Angie Turner. But her contributions didn't end at the plate, she was also the Lions' most effective pitcher. Clute finished the season with 31 appearances on the mound including 21 starts. She finished 13-10 with a 2.31 ERA, she finished second on the team with 50 strikeouts and tied for the team lead with nine complete games.

2008: Redshirted for the Lions in 2008

Before Southern: Played one season at Labette Community College and another at Crowder College ... At Labette, Clute was an honorable-mention All-Region selection, after hitting three home runs ... While at Crowder, Clute helped the team to the national tournament, a No. 16 national ranking and the District Championship ... she hit 5 home runs and was an All-Region selection as a utility player.

High School: A four-year starter at Webb City High School, Clute was a four-year All-Conference selection for coach Walter Resa and the Cardinals ... She helped the team to the 2004 3A State Championship as Webb went a perfect 32-0 that season, the first softball team in the state of Missouri to finish a season undefeated ... Clute was a three year All-District selection, two-year All-Region selection and was an All-State pitcher her senior season ... Clute holds the Webb City school record for the lowest ERA in a season.

Personal: Born December 11, 1986 in Joplin, Mo ... daughter of Claude and Kim Powell ... has three siblings, Chad, Casey and Carson ... a Kinesiology major at Southern.