Two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College womenís fastpitch softball team were recently honored by the National Christian College Athletic Association when the NCCAA released its national award winners.
Amanda Schumm, a freshman pitcher from Rockford, Ohio, was selected as an NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American for her efforts during her rookie season. The former All-Ohioan from Parkway High School led the Lady Cougars in nearly every offensive category as she posted a .408 batting average with 49 hits, nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 29 runs scored, and 29 runs batted in.
On the mound, Schumm compiled a 6-10 record with a fine 1.61 earned run average. Five of Schummís losses were one-run games, while three other losses came when MVNC was shut out by the opposing pitcher. In 104 2/3 innings of work, Schumm struck out 67 batters and issued 40 walks.
Mandi Halley, a junior outfielder from Ashville, Ohio, was named an NCCAA Academic All-American for her efforts both on the diamond and in the classroom. The former Teays Valley High School product finished the season with a .235 batting average with 19 hits, one double, seven RBI, and six runs scored.
Halley, an Elementary Education major, has posted 3.928 grade point average and been named to the MVNC Deanís List (3.50 GPA or higher) all five semesters. She is also a finalist for the NAIAís A.O. Duer award, which is given to a junior scholar-athlete who has achieved success in both the classroom and in their sport.
The Lady Cougars finished the season with a 16-24 overall record despite losing five starters to injuries throughout the season.