Columbus, Ga. – Just days after wrapping up the best season in program history with a seventh-place national finish and a school record 50 wins (50-9 overall), the Saint Xavier University softball team put another exclamation point on its exceptional year by landing two players on the 2013 NAIA Softball All-America Teams when the awards were announced Friday following the NAIA Softball National Championship in Columbus, Ga. Freshman Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) claimed a spot on the first team in a utility role, while junior sister Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) earned second team honors as a pitcher. Nicole becomes the first SXU softball player to earn first team All-America honors since 2006 when former standout and Hall of Famer ('09) Colleen Kilduff was named the NAIA Softball Player of the Year, the first athlete in the history of Saint Xavier Athletics to claim the national player of the year distinction. In addition, Nicole was also one of just 16 players named to the 2013 NAIA Softball All-Championship Team.
Nicole Nonnemacher was a double threat for the Cougars all season leading the team in batting average (.397), hits (69), doubles (13), runs scored (48) and slugging percentage (.506); while also serving as a force on the mound with team-bests of 263 strikeouts (school record) and opponents batting average (.189). She also turned in an impressive earned run average (ERA) of 1.80 and 24-5 win-loss record. Megan Nonnemacher was equally impressive from the circle all season leading the SXU staff in ERA (1.65), wins (26-4), shutouts (10), innings pitched (199.1) and starts (33).
Saint Xavier had a monster 2013 campaign finishing up with a 50-9 overall record, winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title with a 19-1 mark, claiming the CCAC Tournament title and winning the Portland (Ore.) bracket of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. Claiming a spot in the 10-team NAIA Softball National Championship that wrapped up earlier this week in Columbus, Ga., the Cougars won one of their three games to claim a No. 7 national finish, the best in program history. The team also set a number of team and individual school records this spring, including most strikeouts by a pitching staff in a season (494) and best fielding percentage (.981).
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