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Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-America Teams Announced

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-America Teams on Friday. The 2009 All-Region teams were announced simultaneously. 

2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-America Teams 
2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-Region Teams 

The 2009 NAIA Champions Cal Baptist leads the way with three first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-Americans. Pitcher Tory Ferreira, first baseman Nikki Lowe and shortstop Ashley Boyd all earned first-team honors for the Lancers this season. Ferreira, a freshman, had a perfect 24-0 record on the season with a 0.92 ERA over 152.1 innings pitched while striking out 96 batters. 

Boyd led the Lancers with a .467 batting average, accumulating 100 hits, 82 runs scored, 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBI, leading the team in all categories in addition to 18 stolen bases. Lowe checks in with a .406 batting average, 62 runs scored, 19 doubles, 15 home runs and 12 stolen bases. 

Lubbock Christian also placed three student-athletes on the All-America first team and two additional student-athletes earning second team honors. First-team selections include second baseman Ginalee Davis, designated player Kelly Griego and at-large shortstop Raquel Hawkins. Second teamers include pitcher Alyssa Gutierrez and third baseman Honda Rodriguez. 

Davis leads the Chaparrals with a .452 batting average, 79 RBI, 24 doubles and 16 home runs. She also had 63 runs scored, two triples and eight stolen bases on the season. Griego hit .406 for the season with 37 runs scored, 22 doubles, eight home runs and 59 RBI. Hawkins was second on the team with a .448 batting average for LCU. She led the team with 7- runs scored on the season, adding 11 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 32 walks and 48 RBI. 

On the second team from LCU, Honda Rodriguez hit .397 with 65 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 47 RBI with five stolen bases. Gutierrez went 27-2 on the season with a 1.38 ERA. She struck out 166 batters over her 177.0 innings in the circle for the Chaps. 

Oklahoma City University was the only other school with multiple first-team honorees, including catcher Erin Slettvet and outfielder Amanda Howard. Slettvet hit .389 this season with 50 runs scored, 13 doubles, 17 home runs and a team-leading 61 RBI. Howard was the team’s top hitter with a .436 batting average, 68 runs scored, 17 doubles, three triples, 26 home runs and 13 stolen bases, all team highs. She also had 58 RBI this season.