LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In all 45 players from 36 different institutions have been chosen to one of three 2013 NFCA Division II All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.
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Midwestern State led all schools with four total All-Americans as well as a trio of first-team recipients, while Indianapolis boasted three selections and California (Pa.), Cal State Dominguez Hills, Valdosta State and Barry followed closely behind with two nods each. Of the eight teams who advanced to Salem, Va., for the upcoming NCAA Division II Championship over May 23-27, seven of those, Central Oklahoma, Molloy, Grand Valley State, Valdosta State, Texas Woman’s, Armstrong Atlantic and Humboldt State, each had representation on this year’s NFCA All-American teams.
Two of this year’s first team choices, first baseman Chrissy Stalf of Humboldt State and utility/non-pitcher Katie Martin of Grand Valley State, will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Division II Championship. Previously a 2011 NFCA Second Team All-American, Stalf currently guides all of DII with an impressive 27 home runs over 64 total contests. The CCAA Most Valuable Player rates 11th in the nation in slugging percentage at .858, is hitting at a .400 clip and has knocked in 54 runs. Martin is one of the top RBI producers in the country, owning 80 RBIs over just 51 total match-ups while rating third in NCAA Division II in the RBI-per-game category. The GLIAC Player of the Year also leads her squad with a .461 batting average, 20 doubles and 19 HR’s while ranking second in DII in slugging percentage at .974.
In the circle this year’s first-team honorees include Fort Hays State’s Maddie Holub, Tampa’s Kayla Cox and Kelly Unkrich from the Colorado School of Mines. Holub contributed both from the circle and at the plate for the Tigers on the way to their best season in history via a 47-12 overall record. The MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year set 12 single-season records while tallying a 29-4 mark with a 1.03 ERA, 26 complete games, 13 shutouts and 345 strikeouts over 224 innings while also hitting .426 with 10 doubles, 19 HR’s and 56 RBIs. The SSC Pitcher of the Year, Tampa’s Cox posted a 25-6 overall record with a miniscule 0.74 ERA, 28 complete games, 17 solo shutouts and 332 K’s over just 208.1 frames while holding opponents to just a .115 batting average. Unkrich was 26-3 from the circle with as 1.23 ERA. 27 complete games, 12 solo shutouts and 185 K’s in 205 innings on her way to reaping RMAC Pitcher of the Year accolades for the third time in her career.
This year’s first team honorees at the catcher position are Midwestern State’s Kim Jerrick and Alabama-Huntsville’s Cortney McNett. Jerrick, a first team All-LSC choice, scored 70 runs, blasted 19 HR’s, knocked in 54 tallies and hit .417 while swiping 16 of 20 bases. McNett led UAH with a .432 mark, 23 two-baggers, 10 HR’s and 68 RBIs to earn All-GSC First Team honors.
Joining Stalf as this year’s infielder selections are Lacey McGladrey of St. Martin’s (second base), Midwestern State’s Kelley Schaefer (third baseman) and Carson Newman’s Brittany Hefner (shortstop). The GNAC player of the Year, McGladrey put up a .397 batting average with a league-best 65 runs scored and 17 doubles to go along with eight HR’s and 33 RBIs. A first team All-LSC choice, Schaefer led the Mustang offense with 69 RBIs while batting .420 with 53 runs scored, 13 HR’s and an impressive 38 walks. Hefner helped guide the Eagles to a 30-18 record via posting a .451 average with 45 tallies, 14 doubles, 19 HR and 75 RBIs to earn SAC Player of the Year.
Indianapolis’ Casey Williamson, Adelphi’s Emily Dorko and Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Payton Kornfeind filled out this year’s first team contingent in the outfield. As the top hitter for the multiple-week No. 1-rated Greyhounds and the GLVC Player of the Year, Williamson led Indy with a .447 batting average, 61 runs scored, 36 stolen bases and 56 RBIs, while also registering 17 doubles, seven triples and 13 HR’s. Seventh in the country in batting average at .493 and a first team All-NE-10 choice, Dorko tallied an incredible program-record 107 hits over 60 contests with 57 tallies, 21 thefts and 11 RBIs while totaling a .507 on-base percentage. The RMAC Freshman of the Year, Kornfeind ranked fourth in DII in batting average at .516, scoring 39 times while tallying 10 doubles, 18 steals, three HR’s and 33 RBIs for UCCS.
The last of a nation-best three-teammate contingent on the NFCA Division II All-American First Team and the LSC Freshman of the Year, Midwestern State’s Katelyn Vinson was honored in the designated player slot after finishing fifth in the country in batting average at .503, while leading the Mustangs in both HR’s (22) and slugging percentage (third in NCAA DII at .976) and posting 67 RBIs.
In picking up her second consecutive NFCA Division II First Team All-American selection, Indianapolis utility/pitcher Jennifer DeMotte tallied an impressive 26-3 overall mark from the circle, rating seventh in DII in ERA at 1.06 with 18 complete games, 10 solo shutouts and 184 K’s over 185 innings while also batting .327 with 33 runs scored, 14 doubles, four HR’s and 44 RBIs.
Last but certainly not least is New Haven shortstop Christina Gelardi, an at-large NFCA first team selection for 2013. The NE-10 Player of the Year, she led all of DII in on-base percentage at .649 to go along with a .489 batting average, 61 runs scored, 12 doubles, 26 steals, seven HR’s, 43 walks and 38 RBIs.