June 5, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southern Wesleyan’s Lizzie Fela became the first Warrior softball player in 10 years to be named NAIA All-American after the association released the 2014 award winners on May 30.
Fela was named to the second team in just her freshman year after putting up monster offensive numbers.
The Akron, Ohio native led the SSAC in batting average (.457) and in doubles (17). She was also second in the SSAC in four offensive categories, slugging percentage (.707), hits (75), total bases (116) and on-base percentage (.508).
In addition Fela hit eight home runs on the year and scored 45 runs, both ranked sixth in the SSAC. Her 47 RBI ranked fourth in the conference.
The infielder is the first SWU softball player to be named NAIA All-American since 2004 when Natalie Roebuck was named to the first team.
In addition to Fela and Roebuck there have been three other NAIA All-Americans in softball, Lisa Pratt (1992, 1994, 1995), Cicely Sloan (1996) and Shannon Siegler (1996 – 2nd Team).
Fela has been piling up the awards this year, already being named SSAC Freshman of the Year, SSAC All-Freshman team and SSAC All-Conference in addition to being named NCCAA South Region Player of the Year, NCCAA All-Region, NCCAA All-American and NFCA NAIA All-Region.