Mariah Jameyson named Fastpitch News National Player of the Year, Kinsie Hebler named FPN Honorable Mention All-American.
COMMERCE– Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson was named the Fastpitch News (FPN) National Player of the Year and a First Team All-American. Lion designated player Kinsie Hebler was also named an FPN Honorable Mention All-American. They announced the awards Friday.
Jameyson – a senior from Seattle, Wash. – earns her fourth National Player of the Year award of the season and her fourth First Team All-American honor. She was also named the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) National Player of the Year, the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Catcher of the Year. She was also a First Team All-America selection by the D2CCA, CoSIDA and the NFCA. It is the seventh All-America selection of her career.
After an incredible 2018 season, Jameyson was also named D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year, was a First Team All-Region selection by both the D2CCA and the NFCA and became the first player in program history to be named Lone Star Conference Player of the Year. Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage, was second in batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs, third in total bases, fourth in walks and fifth in home runs. Jameyson’s batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits, and walks. She has had the game-winning RBI in 14 different games this season.
Hebler – a sophomore from Cypress – also adds to her hardware from the season. She was also named a First Team All-American by the D2CCA and the NFCA and was a First Team All-Region selection by both the D2CCA and the NFCA. For the second consecutive year, she was a First Team All-LSC selection. Hebler was a force offensively for the Lions all season. She hit .413 with a .505 on-base percentage and a .844 slugging percentage. She drove in 73 RBIs and finished the season with 19 homers. In the Lions’ postseason run, she had two grand slams and 17 RBIs. She finished third in the nation in RBIs, sixth in home runs and 10th in both slugging percentage and total bases. Hebler was named FPN National Player of the Week and was an NFCA top-25 finalist for National Player of the Year. She had the game-winning RBI in 13 different games this season. It is the third All-American selection of her career.
Jameyson and Hebler helped propel the Lion softball team to the greatest season in program history. The team finished the season with 42 wins, a program record. The team advanced to the South Central Super Regional Championship series, also a first in program history. Jameyson helped lead the team to the nation’s top ranking in group on-base percentage. The Lions finished the season second in the nation in home runs, third in slugging percentage, fourth in scoring average and sixth in batting average.