OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – This season 32 student-athletes from 19 different schools have earned the right to call themselves 2013 NFCA NAIA All-Americans, according to a Tuesday release by the Association.
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2013 NAIA National Champion Concordia University (Calif.) and national event participant Oklahoma City University guided the nation with four All-American nods each, with the latter leading the way by reaping three first-team choices. Lee University boasted a trio of selections while national runner-up Spring Hill College, University of Houston-Victoria, Cornerstone University, William Carey University and Central Methodist University rounded out a list of schools that each received two All-American inclusions.
Leading off the trio of first-team selections from Oklahoma City University was shortstop Tori Joyner. The senior posted a .430 batting average while leading the NAIA in total hits (98), rating second in stolen bases (51) and third in runs scored (77). Teammates joining Joyner on the first team were designated/utility player Jamie Rateliff and at-large selection LeeAnn Lopez. Rateliff batted .379 with 27 extra base hits, including 11 HR’s, and 52 RBIs, while leading the OCU pitching staff with a 23-5 record and a 2.22 ERA while striking out 79 over 186 innings. Lopez hit .366 overall and led her squad with 20 HR’s (third in NAIA), 35 walks, a .741 slugging percentage and 82 RBIs (second in NAIA).
Representing national champion Concordia (Calif.) on the first team was pitcher Katie Cotta. The senior hurler contributed a 27-2 overall mark while leading the nation in strikeouts-per-seven innings (16.93) and opponent batting average (.064), rating second in ERA (0.40) and total K’s (333) and sixth in total victories (27).
The other hurler included on the NAIA All-America First Team was Caroline Sagrera of national runner-up Spring Hill College. Sagrera guided the NAIA in pitching wins (39), innings pitched (344.0) and strikeouts (482), while rating sixth in opponent batting average (.161), eight in strikeouts-per-seven innings (12.61) and 19th in ERA (1.47).
Veronika Fukunishi of Martin Methodist College proved the first-team choice in the catcher position after hitting .490 (fifth in NAIA) with 70 total hits, 16 doubles, seven HR’s and 40 RBIs.
The remainder of the infield consisted of Lee University’s Ana Cosocrrosa at first base, Olivet Nazarene University’s Hannah Gardner at second base and University of Houston-Victoria’s Marley Moehrig at third base. Cosocrrosa batted .464 for the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season champions, adding 45 runs scored, 15 doubles, eight HR’s and 62 RBIs (12th in NAIA). Gardner guided the NAIA in total hits (98), RBIs (91) and RBIs-per-game (1.59), ranked third in doubles (23) and triples (seven) and fifth in overall batting average (.490). Moehrig hit .429 with 34 extra-base hits, including 15 HR’s, and ranked fourth in the country with 78 RBIs.
First-team outfield selections for 2013 included Lee University’s Dominique Hannah, Davenport University’s Amber Getty and MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Jennifer Polivka. Hannah boasted a .482 batting mark (10th in NAIA) with 22 two-baggers (seventh in NAIA), nine HR’s and 56 RBIs. Getty batted .442 with 15 doubles, 12 HR’s and 49 RBIs, while Polivka hit .441, contributed 23 extra-base hits (including 10 HR’s) and knocked in 50 runs.
Cortney Allen of Cal State-San Marcos christened the remainder of five first-team at-large All-Americans. The senior pitcher ranked second in NAIA in pitching wins, owning an impressive 34-7 overall record with 14 solo shutouts, four saves and 191 strikeouts over 249.2 innings of effort.
Last but not least, Corban University’s Stephanie Nippert, South Carolina, Beaufort’s C.J. Browder and Houston-Victoria’s Brittany Arredondo wrapped up the at-large selections. Nippert led the nation in homers (30), homers-per-game (0.51), total bases (168) and slugging percentage (1.098), ranked second in RBIs (82) and third in runs scored (77) while also hitting .438 for the Cascade Collegiate Conference champions. Browder was fourth in the country in both batting average (.491) and slugging (.937), sixth in HR’s (17) and ninth in RBIs (68), while Arredondo batted .436 with 82 hits (11th in NAIA), 74 tallies (fifth in NAIA), six doubles, 14 walks and 21 RBIs.