LUBBOCK, Texas (June 2, 2009) - At the close of the 2009 season, the Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals were honored with several prestigious postseason honors. Here is a breakdown of the honors received:
First Team All-American
Ginalee Davis (San Diego, California)
Alyssa Gutierrez (Norwalk, California)
Raquel Hawkins (Monahans, Texas)
Honda Rodriguez (Andrews, Texas)
Second Team All-Americans
Kelly Griego (Las Vegas, Nevada)
NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team Kelly Griego (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar Athlete Lisa Stratton (Yuma, Arizona)
Five members garnering All-American status is a first in LCU softball history. Despite winning the NAIA title in 2008, the Lady Chaps were without an All-American representative.
Davis led the Lady Chaps with a .446 batting average and 82 runs-batted-in, which ranked second in the NAIA in RBI per game (1.4). She also set program single-season records in homers (16), doubles (25) and slugging (.845). Her average of 0.4 doubles per game ranks ninth and her average of 2.7 total bases per game ranks tenth in the NAIA.
Gutierrez, in her first active season with the Chaps after earning a pair of JUCO All-American honors at Cypress College, went 27-3 in the circle this season and ranked fourth in the NAIA in wins. In 188 innings, she led the team with 177 strikeouts and held opponents to a .210 batting average. She posted a 1.38 ERA. Gutierrez pitched a no-hitter against Shorter College at the NAIA National Championship.
Hawkins, the 2008 National Championship MVP, ranked 12th in the NAIA in runs per game (1.2). She led the team with 71 runs and batted .434 on the season. "Rocket" was walked a team-leading 32 times on the season and co-led the team with four sacrifice flies.
Rodriguez ranked 14th in the NAIA in runs per game (1.1). She batted .396 on the season and was second on the team in total bases (127) after producing 16 doubles and 11 home runs. Her .479 on-base percentage ranked tied for second on the team.
Griego was a dominant two-way player on the season, excelling in the circle and at the plate. She batted .413 on the season from the plate and was 22-3 in the circle with a team-leading 1.34 ERA. At the NAIA National Championship this season, Griego led the team with a .455 batting average and a 0.00 ERA by not allowing an earned run in 11.1 innings.
Stratton becomes the program's first and only Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete award winner, as LCU student-athletes did not qualify for the honor last season because the program was in its inaugural season. The second-year Lady Chap posted a 4.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) while majoring in Communications. Stratton, the starting right fielder, batted .262 with the Lady Chaps this season and leaves as the program's career leader in stolen bases (26).
The Lady Chaps posted a 54-7 record this season with the Lady Chaps claiming their first Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title. The Lady Chaps finished their season in the Elite Eight tournament of the NAIA National Championships. It was their second consecutive trip to Decatur, Alabama after winning the NAIA title in 2008. In their two-year program history, the Lady Chaps have gone 114-17 (87.0%).