Five members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's fastpitch softball team were recently honored when the American Mideast Conference awards were announced for the 2000 season.
Amanda Schumm, a sophomore designated hitter/pitcher from Rockford, Ohio, was selected to the AMC First Team. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School led the Lady Cougars in nearly every offensive category as she posted a .414 batting average with 48 hits, eight doubles, two triples, a school-record seven home runs, 24 runs scored, and 31 runs batted in. Schumm also went 4-9 on the mound with a 3.79 earned run average.
Tara Hines, a junior right-handed pitcher from Marion, Ohio, was named to the AMC Second Team. The former Marion Harding High School product compiled an 11-8 record on the mound with a 1.59 earned run average. In 136 2/3 innings of work, Hines struck out 69 batters and issued just 16 walks.
Shelly Aldrich, a junior shortstop from Marion, Ohio, was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. The former Marion Harding High School star batted .336 with 39 hits, a team-high 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 15 RBI, and 24 runs scored. She also committed just two errors all year at second base.
Natalie Wallace, a junior outfielder from Newark, Ohio, was also an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. The former Utica High School standout batted .348 with 40 hits, 10 doubles, a team-high three triples, one home run, 22 RBI, and 22 runs scored.
Pam Poff, a freshman catcher from Tallmadge, Ohio, rounded out MVNC's Honorable Mention All-Conference picks. The former All-Ohioan at Tallmadge High School batted .313 in her first collegiate season with 30 hits, 11 doubles, 14 runs scored, and 17 RBI. Poff, who was also selected to the five-player AMC All-Freshmen Team, threw out 24 of the 40 base runners who tried to steal on her.
The Lady Cougars wrapped up their season with a 17-19 overall record and an 11-13 conference mark. The future looks bright for MVNC as the 2000 team had just one senior on its roster.