AZUSA, Calif. -- Nicki Sprague finished off a record-setting freshman season with a prestigious honor, becoming Azusa Pacific’s first-ever Division II All-American in softball when she was named to the third team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American team.
"What a great honor for Nicki and our entire program. She was deserving of this award and it was a pure joy watching her play this season. Nicki is a very determined and focused player and because of that she makes our entire team better. I look forward to her bright career here at Azusa Pacific," said head coach Carrie Webber.
Sprague was an NFCA All-Region first team pick, making her eligible for All-American honors. After coming up with a base hit in her final at-bat of the regular season to claim the Azusa Pacific single-season hits record, she added to her record total last week with three more hits in three games at the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament. In addition, Sprague wrapped up the program’s season batting average record, finishing with a .492 (87-for-177) average, and her 63 runs also registered as a program single-season record.
Sprague tallied 28 games with two or more hits, and she was the Cougars’ team leader in batting average, runs, hits, total bases (122), walks (35), slugging percentage (.672), and on-base percentage (.575).
The All-American honor adds to Sprague’s impressive awards haul after the true freshman was named the PacWest co-Player of the Year, PacWest Freshman of the Year, and All-PacWest first team.
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2014 NFCA Division II All-Americans