The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's fastpitch softball team landed five players on the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Team when the awards were announced recently.
Tara Hines, a senior pitcher from Marion, Ohio, highlighted the list as she was selected as the NCCAA East Region Player of the Year. The former Marion Harding High School standout has posted a 10-8 record on the mound with an outstanding 1.50 earned run average. In 116 2/3 innings of work, Hines has struck out 73 batters and issued just 12 walks. She also has four shutouts and four saves.
Joining Hines on the NCCAA East Region Team are seniors Natalie Wallace, Shelly Aldrich, and Angie Svagerko, along with junior Amanda Schumm.
Wallace, an outfielder from Newark, Ohio, has posted a .375 batting average with a team-high 11 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 21 runs batted in, and 21 runs scored. The former Utica High School star is also 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Aldrich, an outfielder/infielder from Marion, Ohio, is currently batting .271 with three doubles and one triple. Another former Marion Harding High School product, Aldrich has also scored 12 runs and driven in eight runs.
Svagerko, an infielder from Campbell, Ohio, is batting .321 with five doubles and one triple. The Ursuline High School product has registered 10 RBI and scored 21 runs. She also leads the team with eight stolen bases.
Schumm, a third baseman from Rockford, Ohio, leads the team with a .389 batting average, 22 RBI, and 23 runs scored. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School has also recorded seven doubles, one triple, and one home run.
MVNC head coach Jeana Howald was tabbed as the NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year by her peers after guiding the Lady Cougars to a 16-14 record so far. MVNC also finished as the NCCAA East Region runner-up.
The Lady Cougars will return to action on Thursday when the team will begin play in the 2001 NCCAA National Tournament at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. MVNC is the ninth-seed in the 10-team double elimination event. The Lady Cougars will take on eighth-seeded Emmanuel (Ga.) College at 10:00 a.m. to begin the tournament.