Record-shattering performers Kim Frazier of Lubbock Christian and Lily LaVelle of Oklahoma City University headlined 12 NAIA softball all-Americans from the Sooner Athletic Conference as Frazier snagged player of the year, and LaVelle earned pitcher of the year honors.
Frazier and LaVelle highlighted seven NAIA first-team all-Americans from the SAC. Andrea Argee and Sarah Mendez of Lubbock Christian, Amy Madden of Southern Nazarene, LeeAnn Lopez and Kylee Rounsaville of Oklahoma City made first team.
Jill Clemence of Southern Nazarene garnered second-team all-American honors. League players taking honorable-mention acclaim were McKenzie Clemmons of Lubbock Christian, Devon Frazier and Emily Ledinski of St. Gregory's and Tori Joyner of Oklahoma City.
Frazier, a senior from Buena Park, Calif., leaves Lubbock Christian as a three-time all-American recipient, claiming first-team honors in all three years as a member of the Lady Chaps. She claimed 2010 NAIA national softball player of the year honors after setting an NAIA single-season record with 35 home runs.
This season, Frazier ranked third in the NAIA in total bases (167), fourth in RBIs (75), batting average (.492) and fifth in slugging percentage (.913). Frazier has 76 home runs in her LCU career, which is a NAIA career record. Her career numbers include program career marks in batting (.477), slugging (1.028), on-base percentage (.569), runs (223), doubles (60), RBIs (253), total bases (548), walks (126) and intentional walks (29).
Along with her 76 homers, Frazier holds the NAIA career record with a 1.028 slugging mark. Her .477 career batting average, 253 RBI, 548 total bases and 126 walks is the second best career records in NAIA history. Frazier also ranks in the NAIA history books with her 223 runs (third) and 60 doubles (ninth). For just the third time ever, the NAIA has a multiple recipient of the NAIA softball player of the year honor in Frazier. Prior multiple year recipients of player of the year honors in softball are Cindy Yan of Oklahoma City in 1998 and 1999 and Cheryl Bolding of Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) in 2001 and 2002.
LaVelle, a senior from Bridge Creek, Okla., became the second Oklahoma City pitcher to become NAIA pitcher of the year, joining Dolly Johnson in 1999 after leading the Stars to an NAIA softball runner-up finish this year. LaVelle ended her OCU career with a slew of records - NAIA career marks for strikeouts (1,411) and appearances (169), an NAIA single-season record 540 strikeouts this year, NAIA Championships tournament records for strikeouts (88), innings (65.1) and complete games (nine) this year and OCU career records for wins (122) and innings (916).
A two-time all-American, LaVelle went 43-5 with a 0.92 earned run average, 32 complete games, 13 shutouts, and seven saves in 313 innings while hitting .435 with 17 doubles, 22 home runs, 73 RBIs and 15 stolen bases this year. She posted a 122-25 record, 1.19 ERA, 100 complete games, 45 shutouts and 10 saves pitching and a .384 average with 310 hits, 53 doubles, 61 homers, 214 RBIs and 71 steals offensively in her career.
LaVelle became a four-time all-SAC choice, three-time SAC pitcher of the year and the 2011 SAC player of the year. She was a 12-time honoree as SAC pitcher of the week, once earned SAC player of the week and fired eight no-hitters.
Argee claims her first all-American honor for the Lady Chaps. The senior outfielder from Sacramento, Calif. ranked third in the NAIA in doubles this season with 27, and ranked fourth in RBI (75) and fifth in total bases (164). She ranked eighth in runs (68) and hit .436 on the season. She leaves LCU as a .417 career hitter and she ranks second in program history in slugging (.792) and fourth in doubles (43).
Lopez, a junior first baseman from Grand Prairie, Texas, posted a .399 batting average, 87 hits, 20 doubles, 19 homers and 61 RBIs this year with the Stars. Lopez had season highs with three homers and four RBIs in a game at Lubbock Christian on March 29. Lopez was named SAC and NAIA player of the week for March 26-April 1 following that performance.
Madden, a junior catcher from Bethany, Okla., was named to the first team for the second straight year. Madden set single-season Southern Nazarene records for RBIs with 78 and tied her own school record of 15 home runs. She hit .391 on the year with 13 doubles and had a .707 slugging percentage.
Mendez, a junior hurler from Azle, Texas, was 22-1 with a 1.20 ERA for Lubbock Christian this season. She had 19 complete games and 212 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched. Mendez ranked fifth in saves (five), opponent batting average (.145), and hits allowed per nine innings (4.5). Her 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings ranked sixth in the NAIA. At the plate, she hit .394 with six homers and 54 RBIs. She will head into her senior season ranking second in program history in career ERA (1,20), shutouts (seven), opponent batting average (.145), saves (five) and tied for fifth in wins (22). Her pace of 9.8 strikeouts per seven innings is a program best.
Rounsaville, a sophomore catcher from Yukon, Okla., recorded a .384 average with 78 hits, 11 doubles, 12 homers and 50 RBIs for Oklahoma City. She homered twice against Bethany (Kan.) on March 4 and drove in four runs at Oklahoma Wesleyan on April 3.
Oklahoma City made its 13th national championship game, bringing the conference's national-title game appearances to 15. OCU owns eight national championships, while Lubbock Christian captured the 2008 national crown. St. Gregory's finished as runner-up in 2009.