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Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America Teams Announced

SALEM, Va. -- Forty-five student athletes have been named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America teams, as announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The three teams were selected by NCAA Division II head coaches representing each region.

 

All eight teams at the Division II national tournament are represented, with St, Mary’s (Texas) leading the way with four selections. The Rattlers placed two players on the first team All-America squad. Third baseman Roni Garcia and catcher Liz Beyer were first team honorees. Beyer was also named the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year. Shortstop Tiffani Craft was a second team honoree and pitcher Malissa Magee was a third team at-large selection.

 

Top-ranked Northern Kentucky had three All-Americans, including two first-team selections. Pitcher Krystal Lewallen was also honored with the Honda Award as the top player in Division II softball. Second baseman Ricki Rothbauer joined Lewallen on the first team, and outfielder Stephanie Leimbach was a second team selection.

 

South region champion Lynn University also had three honorees. Pitcher Aimee Murch and first baseman Christina Rolla were both named to the first team. Third baseman Tiffani King was a third team selection.

 

Kennesaw State also had three players named to All=America teams. Keri McKee was an at-large selection on the first team, while catcher Cambria McKay and outfielder Jennifer Hunt were third team selections.

 

West region champion San Francisco State had two honorees, led by first team pitcher Sonja Garnett. Second baseman Vanessa Rodrigue was a third team selection.

 

Bloomsburg, Concordia and LeMoyne each had one player selected to All-America teams. Bloomsburg designated player Sara Roba was a first team selection. Concordia pitcher Kristen Schmidt was a second team honoree and LeMoyne outfielder Ashley Spaziani was a third team selection.

 

Shippensburg matched St. Mary’s with four All-America selections. Outfielder Jaime Dacey led the nation in batting and was a first team selection. Pitcher Kelley Tiesi, catcher Sarah Costa and outfielder Liz Corr were all second team selections.

 

A complete list of All-America teams follows.

 

First Team All-America
Pos. Player School
P Krystal Lewallen Northern Kentucky
P Aimee Murch Lynn University
P Sonja Garnett San Francisco State
C Sarah Carlson Winona State
C Liz Beyer St. Mary's (Texas)
1B Christina Rolla Lynn University
2B Ricki Rothbauer Northern Kentucky
3B Roni Garcia St. Mary's (Texas)
SS Jess Shepherd Florida Southern
OF Jaime Dacey Shippensburg
OF Krista Altom South Carolina-Upstate
OF Robin Martz Lewis
UT Stephanie Pinto Alabama-Huntsville
DP Sara Roba Bloomsburg
AL Keri McKee Kennesaw State
     
Second Team All-America
Pos. Player School
P Kelley Tiesi Shippensburg
P Kristen Schmidt Concordia-St. Paul
P Amber Browning West Florida
C Jenny Baaske Columbus State
C Sarah Costa Shippensburg
1B Amy Beverly Missouri Western
2B Amy Dalmore Adelphi
3B Cindy Perry Cal State Dominguez Hills
SS Tiffani Craft St. Mary's (Texas)
OF Kristin Spencer Alabama-Huntsville
OF Stephanie Leimbach Northern Kentucky
OF Elizabeth Corr Shippensburg
UT Mariah Piper Regis
DP Christie Hill Cal State Bakersfield
AL Crystal Krebs Colorado-Colorado Springs
     
Third Team All-America
Pos. Player School
P   Melissa Stevens Emporia State
C Cambria McKay Kennesaw State
1B Katie Bryan Abilene Christian
2B Vanessa Rodrigue San Francisco State
3B Tiffani King Lynn University
SS Ashley Parenteau North Florida
OF Jennifer Hunt Kennesaw State
UT Katie Krauth Augustana
DP Theresa Campbell Montana State-Billings
AL Lindsay Spaziani LeMoyne
AL Tracy Motzny Humboldt State
AL Malissa Magee St. Mary's (Texas)
AL Katie Heintz Saint Leo
AL Dayna Groom Minnesota-Duluth
AL Ashley Cecil Florida Gulf Coast