KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- The NAIA released its list of 2013 national softball All-Americans, with Auburn Montgomery sophomores Cassie Daniels and Katie Spain each earning spots on the second team after their record-breaking performances this season.
This is the second-straight season that AUM has had two players recognized on the national level. Last year, Brandi Richards and Shea Driggers were named to the first and second team, respectively.
Daniels powered the Warhawk pitching staff all season, finishing the season with a 23-6 record, a 1.47 ERA and 276 strikeouts in 199 2/3 innings. Her 23 wins shattered the previous AUM single-season record of 16, and she also set new program highs in strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games (21). Daniels tossed two no-hitters against nationally-ranked Belhaven, and was recently named to the NAIA All-Tournament team after striking out 39 batters over three games in Columbus. Her 19 K's against national runner-up Spring Hill tied a 24-year-old tournament record. She was a four-time Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, and was named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week on April 23.
Spain rewrote the AUM offensive record book in 2013. She blasted 15 home runs to establish a new single-season record, and also set a new program mark with 56 runs driven in. For the year, Spain hit .367 with 46 runs scored and 12 doubles. The 46 runs tied her with Jyssica Pepper for the most in a single-season. She had 14 multi-RBI games, including a career-high five RBIs on two separate occasions, and added a pair of multi-homer contests. On February 25, Spain earned SSAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career.
The Warhawks continued to establish themselves on the national level this season, finishing 2013 with a 45-12 record and a return trip to the NAIA national tournament.
Sixty players in all were honored by the NAIA, with 20 each making the first and second teams, while an additional 20 received honorable mention. A total of nine players from the SSAC received spots on the list. Concordia (Calif.) senior Katie Cotta was named National Pitcher of the Year after throwing nine no-hitters and concluding the year with a 0.37 ERA for the national champion Eagles. Lee sophomore Dominique Hannah was recognized as the NAIA Player of the Year.