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NFCA Names Diamond Sports Catchers Of The Year

UCLA's Stacey Nuveman has been named NFCA/Diamond Sports Division I Catcher of the Year for 1999. Nuveman, who is also a member of the USA team that won the Gold Medal at the Pan American Games, is one of seven catchers honored by Diamond Sports, the NFCA's Official Protective Equipment.

Diamond Sports sponsors the Catcher of the Year awards for high school and college members of the NFCA. Awards are presented in the following categories: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, Cal JC and High School. The 1999 Catcher of the Year awards were determined by divisional committees made of of NFCA member coaches.

The winners, by division: Stacey Nuveman, UCLA (NCAA Division I) Nuveman, a sophomore, led the Bruins in batting (.429), home runs (31) and runs batted in (91) in 1999, breaking the NCAA record for slugging percentage at 1.016. A finalist for the Honda Award, Nuveman broke the UCLA career home run record earlier in the season and now has 51 in only two seasons of collegiate action. She is on pace to break the NCAA career home run record of 87.

Audra Thomas, Kennesaw State University (GA) (NCAA Division II) Thomas, a junior, led the Owls in batting (.459), home runs (11), RBI (66) and slugging percentage (.741). Kennesaw State was the runnerup in the Peach Belt Conference and finished third at NCAA Division II Nationals.

Michelle Fowler, Simpson College (IA) (NCAA Division III) Fowler, the starting catcher for Simpson’s NCAA Division III championship teams in 1997 and 1999, batted .460 in 1999 with five home runs and 32 RBI and a .642 slugging percentage. She threw out 11 of the 21 baserunners who tried to steal against her.

Megan Daly, Bethel College (IN) (NAIA) Daly played in 50 of Bethel's 51 games and led the team in RBI (43) while batting.447 with three home runs and a .645 slugging percentage. She stole 17 bases in 19 attempts and she committed only three errors in 201 fielding chances. Daly also won the NAIA Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award in 1997.

Susan Campbell, Middlesex County College (NJ) (NJCAA) Campbell established ten school records at Middlesex, including single-season marks for batting average (.569), RBI (46), doubles (18), game-winning RBI (9) and hits (58) and career marks for hits (107), RBI (78), doubles (33) and game-winning RBI (13). In 1999, Campbell struck out only four times in 102 at bats while drawing 19 bases on balls. She was charged with only one error in 208 chances.

Jennifer Hensley, San Joaquin Delta College (CA) (Cal JC) Hensley batted .608 with seven home runs (two grand slams) and 55 RBIs. A two-time All-League selection, she also earned Cal JC All-State honors. She will continue her college career at the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

Michelle Brander, Jenison High School, Jenison, MI (High School) Brander batted .495 and led Jenison to district and regional championships and to a 32-4 overall record, 14-0 in the conference. She had seven home runs and batted in 41 runs while striking out just three times in 109 at bats. Defensively, Brander picked off seven baserunners and allowed only five stolen bases in 12 attempts. She will attend Central Michigan University.