Another day, another All-America honor for Rinus

Another day, another All-America honor for Rinus

SALEM, Va. - A day after being selected to the D2CCA All-America team, Carson-Newman sophomore pitcher Lacie Rinus has earned a spot on the NFCA All-America third team as a utility/pitcher, the organization announced Thursday. 

She joins second baseman Whitney Hickam as the only other two-year All-American since Carson-Newman moved to NCAA Division II. Hickam earned third team honors in 2007 before following it up in 2008 with a second team accolade.  

Carson-Newman and SAC Hall of Famers Sammi Hatcher (1992-93) and Carol Zachary (1989-91) were multi-year All-Americans for the Eagles during the program's NAIA days.  Zachary is the program's only three-time All-American.  

Rinus earns Carson-Newman its 18th all-time All-American honoree.  

Rinus adds the accolade to her SAC Player of the Year and SAC tournament MVP honors. 

Rinus is just the second pitcher in league history since the SAC began presenting a distinct Pitcher of the Year award in 2004 to be named player of the year.  She joins Carson-Newman warhorse Mary Shealy who brought home player of the year honors in 2011. 

The sophomore is the first player in league history to win both a pitcher of the year and a player of the year honor in a career.  She joins former Carson-Newman pitchers Carol Zachary, Heather Randolph and Marci Mitchell (all three SAC Hall of Famers), who all won the award before the awards split in 2004, as Eagle hurlers who have taken home the Player of the Year honor. 

Rinus was formidable both at the plate and in the circle on the year.  She finished the year second in the league in batting average at .435.  She had 70 hits, 19 doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs.  She got on base 52 percent of the time and slugged .656.  She lead the conference in hits and doubles, was fourth in triples and fourth in the league with 99 total bases.

Her 19 doubles are top five in the country and were one away from the single-season school record in Carson-Newman history. 

Rinus had 19 multi-hit efforts and seven multi-RBI days.  She collected her first career four-hit day against Lenoir-Rhyne in the Eagles' home finale. 

In the circle, Rinus led the league in starts (36), complete games (25), shutouts (11), innings pitched (232.2) and strikeouts (223).  She had the fifth best batting average against in the league at .221 and the fifth best ERA in the conference at 2.12. 

She matched her career high for strikeouts on a trio of occasions this year, striking out 12 against Queens, Wingate and Mars Hill.

First Team
Pos.    First Name      Last Name       School
Pitcher Kylee   Smith   University of North Georgia
Pitcher Callie  Nunes   Concordia University Irvine
Pitcher Allison Lipovsky        Grand Valley State University
Catcher Mariah  Jameyson        Texas A&M University-Commerce
First Base      Kylee   Moore   West Texas A&M University
Second Base     Kaitlyn Weis    Northwest Missouri State University
Third Base      Jessica Mohl    Valdosta State University
Shortstop       Clara   Larson  Colorado School of Mines
Outfield        Brooke  Goad    Southern Arkansas University
Outfield        Brooke  Hodgson Colorado Mesa University
Outfield        Ashley  Hardin  West Texas A&M University
Designated Player       Kinsie  Hebler  Texas A&M University-Commerce
Utility-Pitcher Ashley  Mickschl        Augustana University
Utility-Non-Pitcher     Stephanie       Day     Colorado Christian University
At-Large-Catcher        Samantha        Reilly  Georgian Court University
At-Large-Pitcher        Amber   Johns   University of North Georgia
At-Large-Pitcher        Victoria        Taylor  Southern Arkansas University

Pitcher Haley   Gilham  California State University, Chico
Pitcher Brandy  Marlett Angelo State University
Pitcher Megan   Garst   University of North Alabama
Catcher Tori    Zimmermann      Minot State University
First Base      Hannah  Thieroff        California Baptist University
Second Base     Madison Casto   West Virginia Wesleyan College
Third Base      Brenna  Martini Adelphi University
Shortstop       Lani    Van Zyl Winona State University
Outfield        Christa Reisinger       Truman State University
Outfield        Kelsey  Vining  University of Montevallo
Outfield        Jessica Meidl   Minnesota State University, Mankato
Designated Player       Brooke  Gajewski        McKendree University
Utility-Pitcher Brooke  Larsen  Academy of Art University
Utility-Non-Pitcher     Suka    Van Gurp        West Texas A&M University
At-Large-Pitcher        Makaleigh       Dooley  University of Tampa
At-Large-Outfield       Katie   Kish    Hillsdale College
At-Large-Pitcher        Amanda  Houck   West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Third Team
Pitcher Cambrie Hazel   Dixie State University
Pitcher Megan   Cook    Merrimack College
Pitcher Jordyn  Kleman  Winona State University
Catcher Taegan  Kirk    Angelo State University
First Base      Kyleigh Payne   Purdue University Northwest
Second Base     Emily   Harris  Young Harris College
Third Base      Jamie   Johnson University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Shortstop       Jenna   Witt    Concord University
Shortstop       Makray  Odom    Trevecca Nazarene University
Outfield        Heather Tracy   Montana State University Billings
Outfield        Kara    Brewer  University of North Alabama
Outfield        Abbey   Fortin  Long Island University Post
Designated Player       Georgia Capell  Tarleton State University
Utility-Pitcher Lacie   Rinus   Carson-Newman University
Utility-Non-Pitcher     Sherriah        Harrington      University of California, San Diego
At-Large-First Base     Taylor  Moran   Lee University
At-Large-Shortstop      Becky   Smith   University of Minnesota Duluth
At-Large-First Base     Maria   Williamson      Coker College
At-Large-First Base     AnnMarie        Torres  Colorado Mesa University

Diamond Sports / NFCA Catcher of the Year: Mariah Jameyson, Texas A&M University-Commerce
New Balance / NFCA Golden Shoe: Darbi Duke, University of Montevallo

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