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NFCA Announces the 2014 NJCAA Division II All-American Teams

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2014 NFCA NJCAA Division II All-American Teams, consisting of 32 student-athletes from 18 different institutions, were announced by the Association on Friday.

Repeat national champion LSU-Eunice guided NJCAA Division II in both overall and first-team All-Americans with five total selections. Phoenix College, Kirkwood Community College and CCBC-Catonsville each reaped three nods, while Mercyhurst North East, Des Moines Area Community College, Kankakaee Community College and Cowley County Community College rounded out the list of schools in possession of multiple inclusions.

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Representing the national champions from LSU-Eunice were pitcher Raven Cole, infielder Brooklyn Clark, outfielders Emily Nolan and Codi Covington and utility player Destin Vicknair. An NJCAA DII National Championship All-Tournament Team selection, Cole put up the third-most strikeouts overall with 217 to go along with a sparkling 27-1 record, a 1.09 ERA and 19 complete games over 166.2 innings. Clark was tabbed as the national tournament’s Most Valuable Player, wrapping up a campaign that saw her bat at a .534 clip with 74 runs scored, 16 stolen bases, 25 doubles, eight HR’s and 71 RBIs. Nolan, winner of the Marucci Elite Hitter Award, led NJCAA DII in HR’s (21) and rated second in RBIs (102), hitting .452 with 65 tallies, 25 doubles, 28 walks and a .931 slugging percentage, while Covington (NJCAA DII National Championship All-Tournament Team) batted .407 with 68 runs, 24 extra-base hits, 23 thefts and 34 RBIs. A true utility player, Vicknair registered the third-most pitching victories in NJCAA Division II (28) against just two defeats, fired 21 complete games and struck out 150 over 180 frames, while batting .410 with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, 15 HR’s and 60 RBIs.

Shyanne Saladino of Kirkwood Community College and Ronette Claar of Mercyhurst North East wrapped up the first-team selections at pitcher. Saladino posted a 25-2 overall record with a 1.28 ERA, two saves, 19 complete games and tallied the fifth-most strikeouts in NJCAA DII with 200 over 169.1 innings of work. Claar was 18-2 for the season with 14 complete games and 173 K’s over 106.1 frames, while batting at a .478 clip with 56 runs scored, 30 extra-base hits and 44 RBIs.

This year’s first-team slots at the catcher position consisted of Des Moines Area Community College’s Marissa Graslewicz and Hutchinson Community College’s Sarah Rothe. A .391 hitter in 2014, Graslewicz plated 25 runs, posted 13 extra-base hits and knocked in 30 tallies. Rothe recorded a .378 mark with 12 doubles, 11 HR’s, 32 runs scored and 37 RBIs.

Joining Clark in rounding out this year’s infield choices were Tori Hawk of Independence Community College, Alayna Carlson of Mercyhurst North East, Allie Hill of Kankakee Community College and Anna Morgan of Williston State College. As ICC’s leading hitter, Hawk batted at a .473 clip with 77 tallies, 17 two-baggers, seven triples, 33 walks, 18 HR’s and 72 RBIs. Carlson topped her squad in the majority of offensive categories including batting average (.514), runs scored (59), doubles (17), HR’s (15) and RBIs (69), while Hill hit .450 overall with 54 runs and team-highs in doubles (24), HR’s (17) and RBIs (59). Morgan ranked among the NJCAA Division II top five in RBIs (88 - third) and HR’s (18 - fifth) in addition to owning a .523 average, 73 tallies, 21 doubles, four triples and a staggering 1.081 slugging percentage.

Also making the first-team cut in the outfield were speedsters Chasney Jenkins of Kirkwood Community College and Courtney Geith of Phoenix College. Jenkins batted .446 with 62 runs scored, 14 doubles, 37 stolen bases and 36 RBIs, while Geith finished second in NJCAA DII in thefts with 64, hitting at a .471 clip with a squad-high 81 runs, 26 extra-base hits and 66 RBIs. 

Last but certainly not least in wrapping up this year’s NFCA NJCAA Division II All-American First Team was designated player Meghan Gill of Kankakee Community College. The freshman hit an even .400 overall with 48 tallies, 17 two-baggers, four HR’s and 50 RBIs.