SALEM, VA – A total of 46 student-athletes from 30 schools have been honored as part of the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday. Winona State and Alabama-Huntsville lead the way with four All-America selections for each school, while Winona State has the most first-team selections with three.
Complete 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America Teams
A dozen student-athletes are making repeat appearances on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-America Teams with 34 players being honored for the first time in their careers.
The eight teams participating in the Division II provide 13 student-athletes among the three All-America teams. That group includes eight first-teamers, headlined by Lock Haven’s Kristin Erb who earns her fourth consecutive first-team All-America honor. This season, Erb became NCAA Division II’s all-time winningest pitcher, recording her 141st career victory on April 2. She holds a 0.44 ERA with a 45-4 record, having recorded 29 shutouts over 317 innings pitched with 351 strikeouts this season.
North Georgia, the Southeast Region representative, placed two student-athletes on the All-America second team. Pitcher Sarah Phillips holds a 1.05 ERA with 246 innings pitched this season. She has a 37-1 record and struck out 238 batters this season. Outfielder Courtney McGuire also earned first-team All-America notice with a .380 batting average with 57 runs scored, 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
South Region representative Alabama-Huntsville had four honorees with two, third baseman Beth Lawson and utility/pitcher Caitlin Lee on the first team. Lawson leads the Chargers with a .464 batting average, contributing 45 runs, 14 doubles, 24 home runs and 76 RBI. Lee trails only Lawson for UAH with a .401 batting average. She has scored 35 runs with 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 57 RBI on the season. That duo is honored along with two additional teammates, second-team All-America Utility/Non-Pitcher Kristina Prater and third-team All-America pitcher Sage Woodham.
Prater, who also earned second-team All-America honors in 2008, hit .344 this season with a team-high 63 runs scored to go along with 21 stolen bases and 25 RBI. Woodham, a third-team All-America selection for a second consecutive year, holds a 1.48 ERA and a 20-1 record. She has struck out 98 batters over 127-1/3 innings pitched.
Central Region Champion Winona State leads all teams with three-first-team All-America selections, placing four total student-athletes on All-America teams. The Warriors first-team selections include second baseman Amanda Wilhelm, outfielder Terra Halron and designated player Kayla Lewis with pitcher Stacey Struzynski earning third-team recogniztion.
Halron leads Winona State with a .420 batting average and 50 runs scored to go along with 20 doubles and 39 RBI on the season. Wilhelm leads her team with 14 home runs and has recorded 49 runs scored, 20 doubles and 47 RBI with a .417 batting average this year. Lewis hit .397 on the season with 17 doubles and 34 RBI. Struzynski is the Warriors top pitcher, checking in with a 1.27 ERA with a 27-5 record and 14 shutouts with 299 strikeouts over 209-1/3 innings pitched.
South Central Region Champion Angelo State has a trio of 2009 All-Americans on their roster including second-team All-Americans Sandy James and Macy Baker along with third-team selection Alix Dean.
First baseman James leads the Rambelles with a .411 batting average, 67 runs scored, 17 doubles, 61 RBI and an NCAA-leading 25 home runs. Shortstop Macy Baker appears on the All-America second team for a second consecutive season. This year, she hit .389 for Angelo State, turning in 41 runs scored, 15 doubles, 16 home runs and 55 RBI. Second baseman Alix Dean turns in a .385 batting average, 36 runs scored, 17 doubles and 48 RBI.
The fifth seed in the Midwest Region, Indianapolis advanced to this week’s Championship thanks in part to second-team All-America designated player Megan Russell. Russell leads the Greyhounds with a .351 batting average, 61 hits, 17 home runs and 53 RBI to go along with 10 doubles.
East Region champion Le Moyne’s All-America selection, at-large pitcher Jenna Vanacore, holds a 23-3 record with an 0.80 ERA over 165-2/3 innings pitched. She has struck out 171 batters and recorded 11 shutouts this season.
There are eight first-team All-Americans who will not be appearing in the NCAA Division II Championship in Salem, Va., beginning on Thursday.
Georgia College & State pitcher Mandy Chandler holds a 1.80 ERA with a 27-15 record. She has struck out 417 batters during her 280-2/3 innings in the circle with 12 shutouts to her credit this year.
Sophomore catcher Christine Roser of Rollins College earns first-team honors after leading the Tars in batting average (.407), runs (54), hits (70), home runs (16) and RBI (63) for the 2009 season. Roser earned a second consecutive All-Sunshine State conference first-team honor this season.
Regis first baseman Alisa Heronema leads the Rangers with a .472 batting average, 101 hits, 56 runs scored, 13 triples and 13 steals. She also has seven doubles and 17 RBI to her credit this year.
Kutztown second baseman Stephanie Denlinger leads the Golden Bears with a .424 batting average, adding 71 runs scored, 14 doubles, 23 home runs and 64 RBI to her season totals.
UC San Diego outfielder Kristyn Lesovsky leads the Tritons with a .446 batting average, scoring 42 runs with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 32 RBI to go with her seven stolen bases on the year.
A pair of players from Georgian Court round out the All-America first team. Utility/Non-Pitcher Rachel Ruch hit .392 on the season with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI for the Lions. An at-large selection, outfielder Mallory Kirchner led Georgian Court with a .395 batting average, finishing with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, 26 RBI and 11 stolen bases on the season. Pitcher Diana Sansevera (1.54 ERA, 26-8, 330 SO, 241.1 IP) also earned second-team All-America honors for Georgian Court.
The NCAA Division II Softball Championship opens on Thursday, May 21. Indianapolis and Angelo State face off at noon in the opening game of the tournament, followed by North Georgia and Dixie State (2 pm ET), Alabama-Huntsville vs. Winona State (4 pm ET) and Lock Haven vs. Le Moyne (6 pm ET)