Players Earn All-America Softball Accolades
May 20, 2004
ETBU and UMHB Sports Information contributed to this release.
Five players from the American Southwest Conference capped their 2004 seasons with selection to the Division III All-America teams named by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Conference champion East Texas Baptist placed four players on the national honor squads, including a Division III-best three first team selections in Angela Gonzales, Tonya Minor and Allison Ratcliff. Jennifer Pietrowski of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Christy Shipley of ETBU were named to the Division III All-America Third Team. All five conference All-Americans were earlier named to the NFCA Division III West Region First Team.
Senior catcher Angela Gonzales (Magnolia, Texas), the ASC East Player of the Year and an All-Conference and All-East Division honoree, claimed her third career All-America award (2002, 03, 04) with this seasons First Team award. Gonzales finished her career batting .453 with a career-high 10 home runs and 50 RBIs this season. She graduates as ETBUs all-time leader in RBIs (162), hits (197) and games played (178). She is a three-time All-West Region pick, as well as twice winning ASC East Player of the Year honors.
Tonya Minor (Bullard, Texas) received her second career All-America citation (2002, 04) with selection to the First Team outfield. She ends her three-year ETBU career as the Lady Tigers all-time leader in stolen bases (103), runs scored (154) and triples (10). This season Minor hit .406 with 49 runs scored and a team-record 43 stolen bases, earning ASC All-Conference and All-East Division awards. Minor is also an ASC All-Academic award recipient.
Allison Ratcliff (Marshall, Texas) was named to the All-America First Team as a designated hitter. This season, the sophomore hit a team-high .461 with 50 RBIs and led the nation with 15 home runs. She holds the ETBU career home run record, smashing 21 in two seasons. Ratcliff was named ASC All-Conference and All-East Division, and claimed Most Valuable Players honors at the ASC Softball Championship Tournament. This is Ratcliffs first All-America award.
An All-Conference and All-West Division selection in 2004, Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore first baseman Jennifer Pietrowski (Buda, Texas) earned at-large selection to the All-America Third Team. Pietrowski, who batted .404 for the Crusaders, set UMHB season records with 12 home runs, 12 doubles, 38 RBIs and an .844 slugging percentage. She is the first UMHB softball player to earn NFCA All-America designation. Pietrowski is also an ASC All-Academic award recipient
An at-large selection to the All-America Third Team, ETBU freshman shortstop Christy Shipley (Longview, Texas) hit .427 with seven home runs, 53 RBIs and 22 stolen bases, setting Lady Tigers freshman records for batting average and home runs as well as setting the school season RBIs record. Shipley was earlier named ASC East Division Freshman of the Year, All-Conference and All-East Division.
A complete list of the 2004 NFCA Division III All-Americans can be accessed at www.nfca.org.
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