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2014-06-04 Four Tigers receive NFCA All-American honors
2014-06-04 Four Tigers receive NFCA All-American honors

Four Tigers named NFCA All-American

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at 10:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 2014 NFCA NAIA All-America teams.

This year’s squad is comprised of 32 players representing 19 schools across the five NFCA geographic regions on each of two All-America teams.

NAIA national champion Auburn Montgomery and Olivet Nazarene garnered the most selections, with four apiece, while six other institutions — including World Series runner-up William Carey — had two players each honored.

Named to the 16-player 1st Team was senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.). Gardner was named NAIA Player of the Year and NAIA 1st Team All-American just a week ago, batted .531 for the Tigers with 86 hits. She finished with 19 doubles, two triples and a team leading 12 homers for 73 RBI and 74 runs scored. She had a .888 slugging percentage and a .570 on-base percentage.

Seniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.), along with junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) all received 2 Team honors. Phillips, the Tiger’s short stop, was second on the team with a .459 batting average, including a team leading 21 doubles and seven triples. She also added four home runs and 56 RBIs. She also led the Tigers with 27 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Sendzik and Tatum finished 5-6 in batting average on the season, finishing at .427 and .404, respectively. Sendzik finished second on the team with a .747 slugging percentage with 18 doubles and 10 homers in her 64 hits. She also added 54 RBIs. Tatum finished with 65 hits, including 16 doubles, two triples and nine home runs. She also was second on the team with 17 hit-by-pitch free passes.

On the season, the Tigers finished with a team batting average of .389 with 127 doubles, 17 triples and 56 home runs. They combined for a .615 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. Their opponents hit a mere .199 on the season with 57 extra base hits. Olivet finished ranked 9th in the final NAIA Coaches Poll.