Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's fastpitch softball team were recently honored when the 2000 National Christian College Athletic Association All-East Region Team was announced.
Tara Hines, Amanda Schumm, Natalie Wallace, and Pam Poff were each selected as part of the 15-player team that was chosen by vote of the region coaches. Schumm and Wallace were each repeat selections from a year ago, while it marked the third straight season that Hines has made the All-Region Team.
Hines, a junior pitcher from Marion, Ohio, has been the workhorse of MVNC's staff this season. The former standout at Marion Harding High School has posted a 9-8 record with an impressive 1.58 earned run average. She has pitched 119 2/3 innings and allowed just 16 walks while striking out a team-high 57 batters.
Schumm, a sophomore designated hitter from Rockford, Ohio, leads the Lady Cougars in nearly every offensive category. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School is batting .417 with 43 hits, seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 24 runs scored, and 28 runs batted in.
Wallace, a junior outfielder from Newark, Ohio, has posted a .310 batting average in 31 games this season. The former Utica High School star has recorded 31 hits, eight doubles, one triple, one home run, 15 RBI, and 20 runs scored. She also has a team-high four outfield assists.
Poff, a freshman catcher from Tallmadge, Ohio, has put up impressive numbers in her first collegiate season. The former All-Ohioan at Tallmadge High School is batting .349 with 30 hits, 11 doubles, 13 runs scored, and 16 RBI while making 26 starts for MVNC. In 141 fielding chances, Poff has committed just one error, and she has also thrown out 18 of the 33 baserunners who have tried to steal on her this season.
The Lady Cougars are currently 14-18 overall and 8-12 in the American Mideast Conference. MVNC is slated to travel to Point Park (PA) College on Friday for a conference doubleheader that is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.