The NFCA and Diamond Sports, the NFCA’s “Official Protective Equipment,” have released the 10 catchers who have been named the winners of the 2009 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award.
Diamond Sports and the NFCA present the award annually to the top catcher from NFCA member schools in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and high school.
Divisional committees consisting of NFCA member coaches determined the 2009 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award winners. The recipients of this year’s awards, by division, are as follows:
NCAA Division I
Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State
Bramlett earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I first-team All-America honors for a third straight year and was named the catcher on the first team for a second consecutive season. A member of the USA Women’s National Team for 2009, Bramlett led the SEC in batting average and stolen bases, ranked third nationally in batting average and topped the national statistics in stolen bases per game. She started every game behind the plate for the Bulldogs, throwing out 14 would-be base stealers.
NCAA Division II
Christine Roser, Rollins College
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. She threw out four baserunners on the season and had a .996 fielding percentage on 553 chances
NCAA Division III
Jamie Smrdel, John Carroll University
The first player in John Carroll history to earn first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America honors, Smrdel was also selected as a first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree. Smrdel led her conference with a .516 batting average, collecting 47 hits with 14 doubles and 33 RBI. She concludes her JCU career as the school’s all-time leader with 197 hits, 49 doubles, 27 home runs and 150 RBI.
Erin Slettvet, Oklahoma City
Slettvet hit .389 this season with 50 runs scored, 13 doubles, 17 home runs and a team-leading 61 RBI. She was named a first-team Louisville Slugger/NAIA All-American.
NJCAA Division I
Brittany Tucker, Yavapai College
Tucker led the 2009 NJCAA Division I Champions behind the plate as one of four first-team All-Americans on the squad. Tucker hit .401 on the season with 51 runs scored and 77 RBI. She had 12 doubles, two triples and 20 home runs on the year.
NJCAA Division II
Lacy Goodman, Phoenix College
Goodman hit .519 for the 2009 season, a stat line that included 85 runs scored with 109 RBI, 30 home runs, 23 doubles and 29 stolen bases for the NJCAA Division II runner-up Phoenix College. She was named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division II first-team All-American at catcher. This is the second consecutive season she has been honored as the Diamond Catcher of the Year.
NJCAA Division III
Danielle Davenport, Brookdale
Davenport, the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III first-team All-American at catcher, hit .453 for the season with 70 runs scored, 59 RBI, three triples, 21 doubles and and 72 hits for the season.
Samantha Vaaulu, Cerritos College
The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award winner, Samantha Vaaulu of Cerritos College, was named a first-team All-American at catcher for the South Region last week. Vaaulu holds a .448 batting average with 52 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 63 RBI. She leads her team in doubles, homers and RBI along with 65 hits this season. Cerritos College also continues to advance in the Cal JC playoffs.
Emily Matekel, Southwest Oregon
The Diamond Catcher of the Year recipient is Emily Matekel of Southwest Oregon. Matekel was named a first-team All-American last week. She hit .432 this season with 21 runs, 13 doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI.
Brittany Marcet, Pearland (Texas)High School
Junior catcher Brittany Marcet of Pearland High School in Pearland, Texas is the 2009 Diamond Catcher of the Year. In 43 games this season, Marcet paced the Texas Class 5A state runners-up with a .407 average, 46 hits, 12 doubles and 52 RBIs. Defensively, she had 260 attempts without an error this season.