LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 2015 NFCA NAIA All-America teams.
This year’s squad is comprised of 32 players representing 22 schools across the five NFCA geographic regions on each of two All-America teams.
Oklahoma City University led the way with five selections, three on the first team, while five other institutions — including national champion Auburn-Montgomery, Grand View, Oregon Tech, St. Xavier and Marian (Ind.) — had two players honored. Oregon Tech also had two first team honorees.
Representing Oklahoma City on the first team are outfielder Jocelin Diaz and at-large selections Kyndra Holasek (infield) and Jamie Rateliff (pitcher/outfield). Diaz, a first-team all-Sooner Athletic Conference selection, hit 449 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI to go with 59 runs scored, 80 hits, 20 doubles, two triples, 14 stolen bases and a .989 field percentage. Holasek, a SAC first-teamer, boasted a .450 average with 91 hits, 76 runs scored, 21 doubles, 13 homers, 76 RBI and 26 steals. At the plate, Rateliff hit .390 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 57 RBI, while going 36-7 in the circle with a 2.03 ERA, eight shutouts, four saves and 120 strikeouts.
Oregon Tech designated layer Tara Moates and outfielder McKenzie Shrum garnered first team recognition for the Owls. Moates, the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Player of the Year, batted .479 with a school-record and NAIA-best 101 hits. She drove in 73 runs, scored 58 times, recorded 14 long balls and registered 12 doubles. Her RBI, hits, average and total bases led the CCC. A first team All-CCC awardee, Shrum finished in the conference top 10 in batting average (.411), on base percentage (.498), RBI (47) and total bases (130). She led the league in runs scored (68) and was second in hits (86), triples (3) and stolen bases (20).
Headlining the pitchers are NAIA Player of the Year Cassie Jones of two-time national championship Auburn-Montgomery and NAIA Pitcher of the Year, Nicole Nonnemacher of St. Xavier, who earned a spot as an at-large. Jones finished her career as one of the most decorated pitchers in NAIA history and had a phenomenal 2015 campaign. Jones led the NAIA in wins (35), ERA (0.85), opponent batting average (.103), and total batters struck out (411). In 46 appearances, she recorded 17 shutouts and went 35-5 on the year. Her strikeouts and shutouts rank seventh and ninth (tie) in the NAIA season record books.
Nonnemacher posted a 27-5 mark in the circle with 17 shutouts, a 1.02 ERA and 385 strikeouts. In 206.1 innings, she landed No. 1 in strikeouts per seven innings (13.06) and was No. 2 in opponent’s batting average, ERA and strikeouts, while ranked third in wins.
Garnering the first-team nod at catcher is Reinhardt’s Randi Wimpy. Wimpy, the two-time Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year, finished fifth in the country in slugging (.912) and 22nd in RBI (57). She led the Lady Eagles squad with a .447 batting average to go along with 16 doubles, 11 home runs, 53 runs scored and 42 walks.
The first-team first baseman is Cassidy Littlefield of Georgia Gwinnett College. Leading the Grizzlies to their first conference title and top-25 national ranking, Littlefield batted .462 with 80 hits, 17 doubles, eight triples and a school-record-tying seven home runs to go along with 40 stolen bases. Ranked in the top 20 in 17 statistical categories, she scored a program-record 75 runs and topped the single-season marks with a .550 on base percentage and .775 slugging percentage.
Bellevue’s Ashley Gigaz is the first team’s second baseman. Gigax, the 2015 MCAC Player of the Year, set school records in 2015 for most home runs (21) and highest slugging percentage (.871), while leading the Bruins with a .424 batting average, 72 hits, 56 RBIs and a .490 on-base percentage. A six-time MCAC Player of the Week,
Jessica Grochala of Grand View University took home the first-team honors at third base. Grochala, the 2015 MCC Player of the Year, led the Vikings at the plate, batting .437 with 59 hits, 15 home runs, 12 doubles, two triples and 49 RBI. Nationally, Grochala was among leaders this season in slugging (6th - .889), total bases per game (12th – 2.609), home runs (14th), total bases (34th – 120), batting average (36th) and RBI per game (37th – 1.065).
Rounding out the infield is Davenport shortstop, KC Dunne. The senior led the team in many offensive categories, which were highlighted with a .458 batting average and 11 homeruns on the season. Dunne was also tied for the team lead in runs batted in with 52, while she was named the WHAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Columbia College’s (Mo.) Carly Spalding is your final first-team outfielder following a record breaking 2015 campaign for the Cougars. She led the squad with a program-record .491 batting average and was second in single-season hits with 83. Coined American Midwest Conference Player of the Year, Spalding led the NAIA in hits per game (184), runs per game (1.47), triples (8) and total bases per game (2.96). She also landed in the top ten in triples per game (0.18), stolen bases per game (1.18), stolen bases (53), batting average (0.491), hits (83) and runs scored (66).
Coming in as the first team’s utility player is Cat Maldonado of Southeastern University. Maldonado was The Sun Conference Player of the Year, hitting .395 with 16 home runs, 13 doubles, and 57 RBIs. Pitching, Maldonado was 12-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 89.2 innings of work. She finished the season ranked in the top 50 in the NAIA in eight offensive categories, including total bases (129), slugging percentage (.750), and hits (68).
Rounding out the five first-team at-large selections are outfielder Meghan Leubbert of Concordia University (Ore.) and Indiana Wesleyan freshman Alexandrea Springer. Leubbert helped her squad to a third-place finish at the NAIA World Series and school-record 46 wins. She hit 381 and ranked in the top five in the CCC with 81 hits, 66 runs scored, 70 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The sophomore also belted a CCC-record 21 round trippers and scored 66 runs, third most in a conference single season.
Springer, a first baseman/catcher, hit .450 with 42 extra base hits and 67 RBI. The Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year led the nation with 23 doubles and ranked second with 155 total bases, fourth with a .917 slugging percentage, fifth with 18 home runs and seventh with 2.67 total bases per game
NFCA member coaches in the five regions selected the teams. For the complete squad, click HERE