Kansas City, Mo…The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2017 softball All-American Team and four American Midwest Conference (AMC) players earned the honors. Columbia College's Molly Carter and Carly Spalding were named First Team All-Americans while teammate Theresa DeCosty and Lindenwood University-Belleville's Taylor Winn earned Second Team Honors. The All-American selection was the second for both Spalding (2015-2nd Team) and Winn (2016-2nd Team).
Spalding, a senior outfielder out of Monroe City, Mo., finished in the top 10 in the NAIA in 14 offensive categories including first in runs scored per game (1.491), second in stolen bases (57), third in total runs scored (82), sixth in total hits (95), eighth in batting average (0.473), and ninth in total bases (147). Her 57 stolen bases and 95 total hits are both Columbia College records. This is the second time the 2017 NAIA Softball All-World Series team honoree has earned NAIA All-American honors as she was a Second Team selection in 2015.
Carter, a sophomore shortstop out of Columbia, Mo., led the nation in RBI's as she finished with a Columbia College record 87 on the season. In addition to breaking the record for RBI's, Carter also hit a Columbia record 14 homeruns on her way to being named the AMC Player of the Year. She finished the year batting .430 with a .804 slugging percentage while accumulating 53 runs scored and 21 doubles.
Winn, a senior utility player from Herrin, Ill. had a career senior season leading the Lady Lynx in batting average (.389), homeruns (12), RBIs (45), and hits (61). Not only was she a force in the batter's box, but her performance in the pitcher's circle got her a new single season record with 23 wins and only 7 losses. She also set a new single season record with her 1.82 ERA and was named AMC Pitcher of the Year. Winn ended the season with 208 strikeouts and is the first pitcher in program history to surpass 500 and 600 career strikeouts, both in a single season.
DeCosty, a senior outfielder out of St. Charles, Mo., finished the year second on the team in batting average with a .439 mark on the season. The AMC Newcomer of the Year, ranked fourth in the NAIA in stolen bases (48) and 13th in total hits (83) while finishing second on the team with 62 runs scored.
Park University's Mallory Land, a senior third baseman from Parkville, Mo., received Honorable Mention following a season in which she hit .485 with four home runs, 45 RBI and a .750 slugging percentage in 41 games.
The All-America Teams were selected by the NAIA All-America committee and comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections. The complete All-America Team can be found here.
Information for release courtesy of Columbia College, Lindenwood University-Belleville and Park University sports information offices