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NFCA Announces 2012 NAIA All-Americans
STARKVILLE, Miss. – This year 32 student-athletes from 15 different institutions have earned the distinguished honor of being named as a 2012 NFCA NAIA All-American.
2012 national runners-up Oklahoma City led the way in first–team selections with four and tied with two other schools for the most selections overall, also with four. The other two schools with four All-Americans this season were Central Baptist and Concordia (Calif.). The 2012 national champion, Shorter, had two selections this season, both on the first team.
This year’s list also included five student-athletes that earned the title of All-American for the second time in their respective careers and one earning her third-straight honor.
Leading off the three first-teamers for Oklahoma City was pitcher Lilly LaVelle. LaVelle, also a first-team honoree in 2011, went 43-7 this season with seven saves, a 0.92 ERA and a nation-leading 540 strikeouts. At the plate, LaVelle was equally as impressive, turning in a .435 clip on the year to go along with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs, both team-highs. Joining LaVelle on the first team was battery-mate Kylee Rounsaville and first baseman LeeAnn Lopez, who was an at-large honoree. Rounsaville batted .384 with 50 RBIs, while Lopez hit .399 with 19 home runs and 20 doubles.
Central Baptist outfielder Kiara Bonner became a two-time first-team honoree this year, while the Mustang’s third baseman Erica Gunter earned her first All-American award. Bonner scored 78 runs, drove in 55 more and knocked 17 home runs, while Gunter posted the highest batting average in the land at .502, to go along with 81 runs and 68 RBIs.
The final 2012 NFCA NAIA First-Team All-American was first baseman Alyssa Dronenburg of Cal State-San Marcos. Dronenburg, a 2011 second-team choice, finished her 2012 campaign with the Cougars with 24 home runs, the second most in the nation, and the country’s third-highest slugging percentage at .958
To view the entire list of 2012 NFCA NAIA All-Americans, click here.