LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fifty-one student-athletes from 37 different institutions have been chosen to one of three 2017 NFCA Division II All-American teams, the Association announced at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet on Wednesday evening at the Sheraton Airport in Roanoke, Va. In addition to the All-Americans, the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year and New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe awards were announced.
Caldwell junior Marisa Monasseri was named the Diamond Catcher of the Year and Chico State senior Cailin Garman was named the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award recipient.
University of North Georgia and West Texas A&M lead the way with three selections apiece. The Nighthawks were the only program with two first-team nods. Minnesota State, Angelo State, Caldwell University, Southern Arkansas, West Virginia Wesleyan, Southern Indiana, Pittsburg State, Saint Leo and Lenoir-Rhyne each received two honors.
Vet was named to the NFCA Division II All-American Second Team while Pogue was selected to the Third Team.
Vet currently has a 26-4 record with one save. She has an earned-run-average of 0.89 in 196 innings pitched. She has the second lowest ERA in the nation.
Pogue led Wesleyan in hitting with a .424 batting average which puts her in the top 50 nationally.
She led the Mountain East Conference in batting average, hits, runs and stolen bases.
Wesleyan heads into the World Series with a 49-8 record.
Five of the eight programs that advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship, held May 25-29 at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., had student-athletes earn All-America status.
Two of this year's first-team selections will be in action this upcoming week in the New River Valley as Minnesota State's Coley Ries and Angelo State's Brandy Marlett lead their teams into action looking for a 2017 national championship.
Additionally, there are 11 returning honorees, including first-team selection Nicki Sprague of Azusa Pacific, who is the only four-time All-American on this year's list of honorees. It is the senior second baseman's second first-team nod (2015), to go along with second team recognition in 2016 and third team honors in 2014.
With only 11 repeat All-Americans, 40 student-athletes join this prestigious group and can now call them themselves a NFCA Division II All-American.