OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Overall 48 student-athletes from 24 different institutions have been selected as 2013 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Americans, the Association announced on Wednesday.
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National champion Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, Pima Community College and Lake Land College led NJCAA Division I with four overall All-American selections each, with Wallace State CC-Hanceville also boasting a nation-best four first-team choices. Howard College, Butler Community College, Chipola College and Jefferson College all received three total nods, while Galveston College, national runner-up Salt Lake Community College, Gulf Coast State College, Western Nebraska Community College, Navarro College, Iowa Western Community College and Polk State College rounded out the list of programs to earn multiple inclusions.
Leading off the four total selections from Wallace State CC-Hanceville were pitchers Bree Blevins and Lindsey DeFee. Blevins posted a 25-6 overall mark with 27 complete games and 188.2 innings pitched to go along with a team-leading 1.60 ERA and 231 strikeouts. DeFee added a 26-5 record with 153 strikeouts, a 1.84 ERA and 21 complete games over a staff-high 202 frames. Also included on the All-American First Team from Wallace State CC-Hanceville were infielder Kori Benson and outfielder Katie Gentle. Benson hit .352 with 35 extra base hits, including 23 HR’s (good for a tie for fifth in all of NJCAA DI), a .802 slugging percentage and 63 RBIs. Gentle led the squad with a stellar .461 batting average, 95 hits, 24 doubles, 73 RBIs and 22 stolen bases, while adding 16 HR’s.
The first of national runner-up Salt Lake CC’s two first-team nods went to pitcher MaCauley Flint. She rated fifth in all of NJCAA DI with 28 victories against just four defeats in 2013, boasted a 1.42 ERA over 232 innings of work and was third in the nation with 270 strikeouts. Her teammate Malia Campos was also honored for her outstanding play in the outfield after posting a .440 batting average, 11 doubles, 39 thefts, 35 walks, 33 RBIs and a .531 on-base percentage.
Howard College also owned two first team inclusions in catcher Elizabeth Torres and infielder Megan Granado. The power-hitting Torres ranked second in NJCAA DI in RBIs with 96 and tied for fifth in HR’s with 23, while hitting .500 overall with 11 doubles, 20 walks and a .885 slugging mark. Granado batted .462 with a team-best 33 doubles and 110 hits while also registering 100 runs, blasting 20 HR’s and topping the nation with an incredible 112 RBIs.
Wrapping up the first-team pitchers was Kacy Freeze out of Galveston College. Freeze posted a 28-10 mark with 34 complete games and a 1.08 ERA while ranking third in all of NJCAA DI with six saves and fourth in strikeouts (269).
Shelbi Swenson of Temple College, Emily Sanders of Gulf Coast State College, Jessica Loiacano of Central Arizona College and Aubre Carpenter of Pima Community College rounded out this year’s first-team infield. Swenson led her team with a .493 batting average, 20 doubles, a .542 on-base percentage and 71 RBIs. Sanders registered 31 extra-base hits, including 14 HR’s, scored 46 times and knocked in 44 runs while batting at a .429 clip. Loiacano ranked second in the nation in HR’s (26) and third in RBIs (94) while also heading her squad in doubles (22), runs scored (61), walks (20) and slugging (1.048). Carpenter hit .394 while adding 52 tallies, 78 hits, 12 doubles, 29 stolen bases and 36 RBIs.
Lake Land College’s Kristi Belshe and Butler CC’s Sydney Stuever wrapped up the first-team outfield choices for 2013. Belshe led all of NJCAA Division I with an incredible .590 batting average, adding team-highs in runs scored (94), hits (111), doubles (26), triples (five), HR’s (14), walks (24) and steals (21), while slugging at a 1.005 clip and knocking in 63 runs. Stuever swiped an impressive 36 bags, batted .446 overall with 57 runs scored, 78 base knocks, 16 two-baggers, seven HR’s and 33 RBIs.
Last but certainly not least in finalizing the 2013 NJCAA Division I First Team was designated player choice Morgan Colburn of Odessa College. Colburn led the country with 27 HR’s, while batting .483 with 100 hits, 75 tallies, 21 doubles, 34 walks, a 1.005 slugging mark and 79 RBIs.