Collins, Pietanza earn NFCA All-American honors

Collins, Pietanza earn NFCA All-American honors

OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its Division III Softball All-Americans as part of the banquet leading up to the Division III Softball Championships on Wednesday night and two Salisbury University players earned the high honors.

Junior LeAnne Collins and Annie Pietanza were each named All-Americans for the first time in their careers, with Collins claiming first-team accolades and Pietanza named to the third team.

The pair was named to the All-Atlantic Region first team last week and each was named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference team with Collins picking up Player of the Year honors, as well.

Collins was Salisbury's leadoff hitter throughout the year, batting a team-high .537 while slugging a team-best .787. Her key attribute was her speed, leading to a team-high seven triples, to go with 11 doubles and three home runs – one of which was an inside-the-park homer. Collins scored a team-best 48 runs and drove in 30 on the year.

Pietanza played in every game this season, spending much of the season at second base, and was one of the team's top hitters, with a team-high 50 runs driven in, while batting .414 – second on the team to only Collins. The Silver Spring, Maryland native smashed a team-high-tying seven home runs, while ripping 14 doubles and a pair of triples.

To see the Division III All-Americans in their entirety, click here.

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