Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University sophomore Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) received the highest individual honor an athlete can receive when she was named the 2014 NAIA Softball National Pitcher of the Year after the national office announced its 2014 Softball All-America teams Friday as selected by the NAIA All-America Committee. In addition, her older sister, senior pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community), was named to the NAIA Softball All-America Honorable Mention Team. Nicole joins former standouts Colleen Kilduff and Jimmy Coy as the only SXU athletes to earn the top award in their respective sport. Kilduff was the 2006 NAIA Softball Player of the Year and Coy was the 2012 NAIA Football Player of the Year.
"Nicole being named NAIA Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore is amazing," said Saint Xavier University softball coach Myra Minuskin
. "It is certainly well-earned and deserved. Nicole's work ethic and fierce competitive nature are second to none. This honor will inspire her to achieve an even higher level of greatness.
"Megan is a two-time NAIA All-American and a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete," continued Minuskin. "Not too many student-athletes boast that on their résumé. Megan's talent, leadership and personality will be sorely missed. I am so grateful for what she has meant to this program and the legacy she leaves."
was named the 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Pitcher of the Year earlier this month. She led the NAIA in ERA (0.67), ranked third in batters struck out per game (10.68) and was 16th nationally in total wins (21). On the year, Nicole went 21-6 overall with 24 starts and 16 shutouts tossing 189 1/3 innings and recording an opponent batting average of .153, which was good for third in the entire NAIA. She helped lead the Cougars to a No. 8 ranking in the final NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (May 6) and a trip to the National Championship Opening Round Tournament.
was recently named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball Team Member of the Year and was a three-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® team earning first team notice as both a junior and senior. A first team All-CCAC selection for the third year in a row, she helped the Cougars post a 47-9-1 overall record. A starter in 30 games as a senior, Megan posted a 23-3 win-loss record, while posting a 1.34 ERA. She tallied 12 shutouts with 25 complete games, while recording 164 strikeouts against just 47 walks.
Olivet Nazarene University senior second baseman Hannah Gardner was named the 2014 NAIA Softball Player of the Year giving the CCAC a sweep of the two national awards given out annually for softball. Nicole and Gardner were two of just 20 players nationally to earn first team recognition.