St. Thomas junior second baseman Kimmy Hassel on Thursday night was named to the NFCA All-America third team. She's among 46 players and the lone MIAC player honored on one of the three teams.
Hassel was perhaps the most improved player in college softball. She had just seven hits and five RBI in 21 games in 2011, but played in all 46 games in 2012 and batted .487 with 75 hits and 41 RBI. She was voted MIAC Player of the Year.
Hassel was also good in the clutch as she hit .463 with runners in scoring position and batted .550 with two outs. She had 27 multi-hit games, .701 slugging percentage and .527 on-base percentage. She scored 46 runs in 46 games, had 10 doubles, four triples, five HRs, 13 walks, 17 steals and only struck out seven times in 171 plate appearances. On defense, she had just one error in 192 chances and turned 22 double plays.
After having no softball All-Americans in the program’s first 20 years, St. Thomas players have won the elite honor 22 times in the last 10 seasons under Coach John Tschida's leadership.
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