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Mariah Jameyson named Division II Softball Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year.

AUSTIN – Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson has been named the Division II Softball Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year, as announced Wednesday. The nation’s top student-athletes receive the award for her combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

“CoSIDA Academic All-America® has always been my favorite award for the players,” said A&M-Commerce head softball coach Richie Bruister. “It not only represents what they have done on the field but in the classroom. They take both into equal consideration. These student-athletes are the best of the best, and that describes Mariah to a tee. For Mariah to win, in my opinion, the most prestigious award that an individual can get, it is truly outstanding. She was the best of the best on the field and in the classroom. It is a testament to her work ethic. She not only brought that mindset to the field, but to her studies. To do that takes the ultimate discipline that you can have as a student-athlete.”

Jameyson – a senior from Seattle, Wash. – earns her third All-America award of the season and the sixth of her career after a stellar 2018 season for the Lions. She was named the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) National Player of the Year as well as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Catcher of the Year. She was a top-10 finalist for NFCA National Player of the Year.

Jameyson was also named a First Team All-American by both the D2CCA and the NFCA. She was named D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year, was selected as a First Team All-Region player by both organizations and was named Lone Star Conference Player of the Year. Jameyson also was called a First Team All-Conference player and was a member of the All-Academic team.

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.

Jameyson’s play both as a batter and behind the plate as a catcher 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 organization 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.

In addition to her on-the-field accolades, Jameyson was also a model student at Texas A&M-Commerce. She has been named to the Dean’s List once, President’s List twice, Best in Class honor roll twice, Athletic Director’s List once, Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and was a 2017 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete as well as a 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection. She graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies.

She is the first-ever Academic All-America® of the Year selection in A&M-Commerce history, and the 12th-ever Academic All-America®. Six Lions have earned first-team Academic All-America®.

The Division II Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division II Academic All-America® teams.

2017-18 Academic All-America ® Softball Team Division II

FIRST TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
P Jamie Fisher Northern State Jr. 4.00 Elementary Education
P Valerie Hohol Minnesota-Duluth Sr. 4.00 Chemical Engineering
C Mariah Jameyson A&M-Commerce Sr. 3.77 Kinesiology & Sport Studies
INF Bethany Allen Henderson State Sr. 4.00 Recreation / Sports Management
INF Megan Durante Tarleton State Sr. 3.90 Kinesiology
INF Hannah Thieroff California Baptist Jr. 3.73 Criminal Justice
INF Alyssa Williamson (3) Merrimack Sr. 3.90 Psychology
OF Abi Corbett (2) Missouri Southern State Sr. 4.00 Marketing
OF Riley Curtis Urbana Sr. 4.00 Pre-Med / Physical Therapy
OF Brooke Hodgson Colorado Mesa Sr. 3.39 Kinesiology / K-12 Education
DP Hannah Coursey (3) Georgia College Sr. 4.00 Accounting

SECOND TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
P Allie Grys Grand Valley State Sr. 3.91 Clinical Exercise Science
P Mallory Teunissen Davenport Jr. 3.92 Human Resource Management
C Jessica Brown Cal State San Bernardino Sr. 3.80 Kinesiology
INF Kylie Asmus Ashland Jr. 4.00 Exercise Science
INF Clara Larson Colorado School of Mines So. 3.69 Electrical Engineering
INF Brenna Martini (1,#) Adelphi Sr. 3.83 Physical Education
INF Hazel Puempel Texas Woman’s So. 4.00 Business Administration
INF Destiny Riddle Southeastern Oklahoma State Jr. 4.00 Psychology
OF Holland Coursey Georgia College Sr. 3.94 Accounting
OF Christa Reisinger (3) Truman State Jr. 3.70 Agricultural Science
OF Whitney Weber Colorado-Colorado Springs Sr. 3.95 Criminal Justice
DP Alyssa Carney Washburn Sr. 4.00 Kinesiology

THIRD TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
P Alexis Eastman Le Moyne Sr. 3.71 Accounting
P McKenzie Surface Colorado Mesa Jr. 3.89 Psychology
C Katelyn Wobken Wayne State (Neb.) Sr. 3.92 Chemistry / Health Science
INF Sara Ercolani (3) West Chester Sr. 3.93 Math / Actuarial Science
INF Mariah Ewy East Central Jr. 4.00 Biology
INF Becky Smith Minnesota-Duluth Sr. 3.72 Environmental Science
OF Jessica Boone Northeastern State Sr. 3.99 Elementary Education
OF Abbey Fortin LIU Post So. 3.92 Criminal Justice
OF Delaney Hiegert Newman Sr. 4.00 Communication
DP Marley Parker Saint Augustine’s Sr. 3.87 Exercise Science

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Mariah Jameyson, Texas A&M University-Commerce

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2017
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2017
(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team selection in 2017
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2016

Texas A&M University-Commerce CoSIDA Academic All-Americas by Year

 Year  Player  Sport  Team
 1972  Will Cureton  Football  2nd
 1977  Mike Hall  Football  1st
 1994  Tammy Scott  Track & Field  2nd
 1994  Andrea Hines  Women’s Basketball  2nd
 2002  Summer Sparnon  Women’s Basketball  1st
 2011  Taylor Fore  Football  1st
 2012  Desmond King  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2012  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  3rd
 2013  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2016  Kylene Hatton  Softball  3rd
 2017  Jaslyn Wacker  Volleyball  2nd
 2018  Mariah Jameyson  Softball  1st / AAA of the Year

 

SOFTBALL

 

Lion Softball ranked No. 9 in final NFCA Coaches Poll of 2018 season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked No. 9 in the country in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association coaches poll of the 2018 season. The Lions ranked in all 13 during the season. They are the highest ranked team that did not participate in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship tournament.

The Lion softball team had its most successful season in program history during the 2018 season. The team finished with a record of 42-12. They finished in third place in the Lone Star Conference standings, their highest finish in school history. The team won its first-ever LSC Tournament game and advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament for the second time in program history. The Lion offense caught fire in the tournament, outscoring opponents 52-27 to win the program’s first-ever South Central Region Championship. The team advanced to the Super Regional series for the first time in history before being knocked off by Angelo State, the No. 6 team in the NFCA poll.

The Lions had one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. They led the country in on-base percentage, were second in home runs, third in slugging percentage, fourth in scoring average, sixth in batting average and seventh in stolen bases. The team led the LSC in scoring, on-base percentage, RBIs and stolen bases and were second in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage and fielding percentage. The Lion pitching staff also set program records for lowest opponent batting average, fewest hits allowed, fewest runs allowed and fewest walks allowed.

2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – June 6 (Poll 13) 

RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Southern Indiana (16) 400 41-23 NR
2 Saint Anselm 384 44-13-1 RV
3 Southern Arkansas 354 60-11 8
4 Saint Leo 344 39-18 25
5 North Georgia 340 62-4 1
6 Angelo State 332 53-9 6
7 Chico State 309 55-6 2
8 West Chester 289 45-15 RV
9 A&M-COMMERCE 259 42-12 13
10 Concordia Irvine 228 46-14 12
11 Alabama-Huntsville 223 39-18 16
12 Illinois Springfield 204 40-19 19
13 Dixie State 180 42-10 18
14 Young Harris 172 35-21  NR
15 Minnesota Duluth 166 44-16 25
16 Colorado Mesa 159 48-5 3
17 Grand Valley State 126 44-9 9
18 North Alabama 114 46-7 4
19 Winona State 100 45-7 5
20 Tarleton State 92 50-11 17
21 Lenoir-Rhyne 85 45-10 11
22 Palm Beach Atlantic 73 36-8 7
23 LIU Post 65 38-19  NR
24 Gannon 64 32-15 RV
25 California Baptist 57 35-12 14

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Track & Field’s Obst and McKee named LSC Outdoor Athletes of the Year.

RICHARDSON– Texas A&M University-Commerce Track & Field athletes Florian Obst and Kamryn McKee have received individual awards from the Lone Star Conference. Obst was named the LSC Male Field Athlete of the Year while McKee was named LSC Female Track Athlete of the Year. They announced the awards after a vote by the LSC head coaches.

“To have both Florian and Kamryn receive those awards is indicative of how hard they worked the entire year,” said A&M-Commerce track & field head coach George Pincock. “The entire team had aspired to be the best at the end of the year when it mattered the most. It means a lot.”

Obst– a senior from Emmering, Germany– capped off his historic A&M-Commerce career with one of the most outstanding seasons in NCAA Division II history. Obst repeated as the Division II National Champion in the decathlon, becoming only the second athlete in Division II history to score more than 8,000 points in the decathlon, and the first since 1985. Obst won the event by more than 700 points. He became the first A&M-Commerce track & field athlete to win back-to-back national titles since the school joined the NCAA and only the third athlete in school history to repeat as an individual track & field national champion.

“Flo is one of those guys that does just about everything right,” Pincock said. “Because of that, he can do things that other people can’t. It is tough to win national championships back-to-back. It is tough to score more than 8,000 points in a decathlon, but he does all the little things right. He has been a great example of not only working hard but how to prioritize school work and how to take care of his body and how to eat right. He does all the little things well, and the team has noticed that. He has shared that with them, and I think we are going to see a lot of other people hop on the same train that Florian has been riding and start paying attention to the little things that make a big difference in performance.”

Obst finished his two-year A&M-Commerce career as the school record holder in both the decathlon and the heptathlon, as well as the LSC record holder in both events. He was a two-time national champion, a four-time All-American, a seven-time All-Region selection, a four-time All-Conference selection and a Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It is the third All-Conference Athlete of the Year award of his career.

McKee– a senior from Lewisville– finished her A&M-Commerce career earning All-American honors in the 400-meters and the 4×400 meter relay, breaking both school records in the process. McKee was instrumental throughout the season in helping the Lion women’s track & field team earned its highest national ranking in program history. She was also a two-time All-Region selection in both the 400-meters and the 4×400 meter relay and was a First Team All-Conference selection.

“I don’t think there is a better way to go out,” Pincock said of McKee’s senior outdoor season. “She was in the office earlier this week, and I asked her how she felt about the meet, and she said, ‘I feel perfect about it. I don’t think I could have done any better.’ She had two great races in the open 400s. She had two PR’s, two of the fastest splits in the 4×4 prelims and final of the entire meet. She feels terrific about it, but she also wanted to say that she ran under 54 seconds. She ran a 54.06. That speaks to how competitive she is.

“This year for her was about taking advantage of every opportunity she could, especially in some of those bigger races at the LSC Championships and the National Championships. She was on a mission. She had set some goals for herself, and she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way. I think that is why Kam had such a great season, and it was a lot of fun to watch.”

McKee finished her four-year A&M-Commerce career as the record holder in eight different events. She holds the outdoor track & field records in the 400-meters, the 4×100 meter relay and the 4×400 meter relay. McKee is also the indoor record holder in the 200-meters, the 300-meters, the 400-meters, the 4×400 meter relay and the long jump. She was a six-time All-American, an 11-time All-Region selection, and a seven-time All-Conference honoree. It is the first All-Conference Athlete of the Year award of her career.

Pincock spoke of the year his program had and praised his senior leaders for their impact on the program, not just on this season, but for years to come.

“It was an exceptional year, and it was a lot of fun in so many different ways,” he said. “I think one of the things that made it special as we had some good leaders. We had some good senior leadership from people like Florian and Kamryn. I can name a lot of seniors that made such a huge impact on the program and have gradually seen it get better and better. Those leaders worked across teams too. A lot of the guys looked to Kamryn as a leader, and a lot of the girls saw Florian as a leader. Because we had people working across the genders, I think we saw both groups get better in the end because of that. They grew as a family. One group cheered for the other, and it was a level of performance that they expected out of each other as well.”