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Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-America Teams Named

Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-America Team 

National champion Pima had two players named first team all-American as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Tuesday the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-America teams. 

Pima had four selections to the three teams, tying for the most with national runner-up Gulf Coast. 

The Aztecs put Amanda Duran on the first team at catcher, and Cyndi Duran on the first team outfield. Amanda slugged 20 home runs and hit .543 on the season. She also slugged 25 doubles and four triples while driving in 106 and scoring 68 more runs. Defensively, Amanda was perfect in 306 putouts and threw out 15 runners. Cyndi led all outfielders with a .522 average. She hit seven doubles, six triples, a home run and drove in 52 runs while scoring 62 more. The .986 fielder also successfully swiped 33 of her 38 stolen base attempts. 

The two were joined by second team designated player/utility selection Kelly Nielson and third team second baseman Lauren Sabia. 

Gulf Coast put pitcher Sarah Dooley on the first team, joining second team catcher Blythe Golden and third team honorees Amanda Bailey at shortstop and Yusmary Perez in the outfield. Dooley was 25-4 on the season with a 0.90 ERA. The All-Panhandle Conference selection allowed 31 runs, 23 earned, on 93 hits in 179 innings. She also struck out 272 on the season while registering 78 putouts and 422 assists without an error. 

Temple College joined Pima as the only school with multiple first team selections. Lauren Eckermann was tabbed first team pitcher, while Kim McDonald was named to the first team at first base. Eckermann went a perfect 31-0 in the circle, tallying a 0.17 ERA for the top seed in the NJCAA Division I tournament. The 2005 second-team honoree allowed just five earned runs on 72 hits in 205 innings. She also registered 310 strikeouts to just 29 walks. McDonald ranked 15th nationally with her 64 RBIs. A .436 hitter, she belted 16 doubles and five home runs while scoring 22 times. 

Central Arizona placed three players on the squads, led by first team third baseman Jessica DeFreitas. DeFreitas, the ACCAC Player of the Year, hit .527 as a rookie, including 14 doubles, 13 triples and 10 home runs. She also drove in 59 runs and scored 96 more. T.J. Eadus, the second team catcher, and Audrey Meyer, a third team selection in the outfield joined DeFreitas on the squads.