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2014 NAIA Softball All-Americans Announced

May 29, 2014
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Sophomore Nicole Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier (Ill.) is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year and senior second baseman Hannah Gardner of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) is recognized as the NAIA Player of the Year. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.

Nonnemacher, the younger sister and teammate of Megan, was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. The native of Bloomington, Ill., led the NAIA in ERA (0.67), ranked third in batters struck out per game (10.68) and was 16th in total wins (21). On the year, she went 21-6 overall, starting 24 games and compiled 16 shutouts. She tossed 189 1/3 innings and had an opponent batting average of .153, which was good for third in the NAIA. Nonnemacher led the Cougars to a No. 8 ranking in the final Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (May 6) and a trip to the National Championship Opening Round.

Gardner finished her season ranked first in the NAIA in RBIs per game (1.33), second in total RBIs (73), third in runs scored (74), sixth in total hits (90) and sixth in batting average (.533). On the season, Gardner started in 55 games and tallied 20 doubles, a team-high 12 home runs and only struck out six times in 169 at-bats. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Year hit safely in 47 contests and had a season-long 13-game hitting streak. She was part of a team to win the CCAC regular-season and tournament titles, advance to the NAIA Softball World Series and hold a No. 4 ranking in the final Coaches’ Poll.

Since the Player of the Year award inception in 1998, Gardner earns Olivet Nazarene University’s first such honor. Nonnemacher is the first Cougar to become Pitcher of the Year since it began in 1999.

Three individuals are repeat First-Team All-Americans: Nonnemacher, Caroline Sagrera of Spring Hill (Ala.) and Gardner. Five other players return from the 2013 All-America Second Team: Cassie Daniels of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), Michele Rupard of Central Methodist (Mo.), Justine Phillips of Olivet Nazarene, Brooke Shell of Grace (Ind.) and Megan Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier.
2014 NAIA Softball All-America Teams

First Team (sorted by position)
Name Institution Position
Nicole Nonnemacher ^ Saint Xavier (Ill.) P
Cassie Daniels % Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) P
Caroline Sagrera ^ Spring Hill (Ala.) P
Randi Wimpy Reinhardt (Ga.) C
Michele Rupard % Central Methodist (Mo.) C
Hannah Gardner ^ Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) INF
Kyndra Holasek Oklahoma City INF
Jenna Jorgenson Concordia (Calif.) INF
Cassidy Littlefield Georgia Gwinnett INF
Annette Merjano Concordia (Calif.) INF
Amanda Trampe Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) OF
Randi Yousey St. Gregory’s (Okla.) OF
Dominique Corona Belhaven (Miss.) OF
Kim Pierce Southeastern (Fla.) OF
Heidi Daniel Bryan (Tenn.) DP
Brittanee Grove William Penn (Iowa) UTL
Justine Phillips % Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) INF
Caitlin Santefort Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) P
Aubrey Utley & Central Methodist (Mo.) P
Madison Luck Reinhardt (Ga.) P
     
Second Team (sorted by position)
Name Institution Position
Reba DePriest Biola (Calif.) P
Jordan Hood Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) P
Stevie Goldstein Concordia (Calif.) P
Jessica Roper Cumberland (Tenn.) C
Lauren Shaw Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) C
KC Dunne Davenport (Mich.) INF
Jasmine Shelby William Carey (Miss.) INF
Taylor Triplett USC Beaufort (S.C.) INF
Lizzie Fela Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) INF
Brooklyn Sparks St. Gregory’s (Okla.) INF
Kristin Benton Campbellsville (Ky.) OF
Rachel Laird Houston-Victoria (Texas) OF
Ryan Norton Simpson (Calif.) OF
Alex Lovelace Taylor (Ind.) OF
Abbey Wilmes Grand View (Iowa) DP
Lauren Ehle Taylor (Ind.) UTL
MacKenzie Bowden William Woods (Mo.) P
Nickayla Skinner & College of Idaho P
Brooke Thomas LSU Alexandria (La.) OF
Mary Jordan Langston (Okla.) C
     
Honorable Mention (sorted by school)
Name Institution  
Taylor Powell Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)  
Megan Eldredge Benedictine (Kan.)  
Kelli Traffas Bethany (Kan.)  
Natalie Newell Bethel (Ind.)  
Jenny Shepherd Brenau (Ga.)  
Katie Wilkinson Cal State San Marcos  
Jessica Sheldon Central Baptist (Ark.)  
Heidi Walburg Cornerstone (Mich.)  
Alex Vargas Dickinson State (N.D.)  
Khadijah Bland Friends (Kan.)  
Brooke Shell % Grace (Ind.)  
Jessica Grochala Grand View (Iowa)  
Shelby Smith Houston-Victoria (Texas)  
Kati Steffen Morningside (Iowa)  
Hannah Wilbur Oklahoma Baptist  
Cheryl Sendzik Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)  
Katrisha Arocha Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)  
Megan Nonnemacher % Saint Xavier (Ill.)  
Devon Frazier St. Gregory’s (Okla.)  
Ashley Wojnowski Union (Ky.)  

Player of the Year: Hannah Gardner, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Pitcher of the Year: Nicole Nonnemacher, Saint Xavier (Ill.)

^ 2013 First Team All-American
% 2013 Second Team All-American
& 2013 Honorable Mention All-American