CHICAGO – Senior catcher Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) and junior third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) highlighted some key postseason accolades for the 2012 Saint Xavier University softball team when the honors were released earlier this week. Hunter earned second team recognition on the 2012 NAIA Softball All-America teams and was one of just six catchers in the nation to earn first or second team honors. Mollohan was named a first team member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Softball Team College Division as well as being selected as a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. In addition, sophomore pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) was a third team honoree on the Capital One Academic All-America® Softball Team for SXU.
Hunter had an amazing senior season with the Cougars leading the team with 69 hits, six home runs, 97 total bases and 43 RBI. She started in all 53 of Saint Xavier's games of the 2012 season and hit an impressive .404 (69-for-171) on the year. Mollohan hit .430 (55-for-128) over 44 games with 22 RBI and 13 runs scored. She is a mathematics major with a focus on secondary education at SXU with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.73. Nonnemacher led the Cougar pitching staff this spring with a 1.54 earned run average (ERA) and 169 strikeouts. She has a 3.79 cumulative GPA and is working toward a degree in elementary education.
Saint Xavier finished up its 2012 campaign earlier this month with a 37-16 overall record and a No. 24 ranking in the final NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Cougars finished second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings with a 14-4 mark as well as second place in the CCAC Tournament behind only No. 9 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.).