KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Senior Katie Cotta of Concordia (Calif.) is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.
Cotta, a 2012 First Team All-American, led the NAIA in strikeouts per nine innings (17.3), opponent batting average (.061), hits allowed per game (1.75), second in ERA (.037) and strikeouts (327), and tied for sixth in wins (27). Overall, she was 27-2 in the circle as she tossed 177.0 innings. She has twirled nine no-hitters to break the NAIA single-season record and compiled 17 shutouts. She was dominant during the regular season as she entered the national championship surrendering a mere three earned runs in 150 innings of work for a microscopic 0.14 ERA. Cotta helped the Eagles to the 2013 national championship, a first in Concordia softball history.
Also representing Concordia, Shainna Groom was selected as a second-team All-Amercan and Jasmin Dresser received honorable mention honors. To see the complete list of honorees, go to NAIA Softball All-Americans.
A total of four GSAC softball student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. To see the complete list of academic honorees, go to 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes – PDF.