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Softball - Tue, Jun. 4, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 6, 2013) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. The All-America teams are comprised of First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections, and five members of the Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals were selected. Latainna Eltsosie, Mallory Koschany and Megan Sullivan received First Team honors and Second Team honors included Katera Eltsosie and McKenzie Clemmons.

Latainna Eltsosie completed her senior season batting .395 with 71 runs-batted-in and 12 home runs. The Albuquerque, N.M. native co-led the team with her 71 RBI (alongside Sullivan) and ranked tied for fifth in the NAIA in the category. She ranked second on the team in total bases with 123. For her career, she hit .398 with 29 homers and 210 RBI in 242 games played.

Koschany is the only Lady Chaps member to compete in all 71 games this season. The junior outfielder hit .394 with a team single-season record 71 stolen bases. The 71 swipes led the NAIA and was nine steals shy of the NAIA single-season record. A native of Houston, Texas, Koschany led the NAIA in steal attempts per game (1.1), steals per game (1), steal attempts (76) and ranked third in triples (7), fifth in at-bats (213), sixth in runs scored (72) and ninth in hits (84).

Sullivan, who claimed Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year and NAIA All-Championship Team honors, adds All-America accolades to the list of this season's achievements. The junior shortstop led LCU in hits (88), doubles (25) and co-led them in RBI (71). The Broken Arrow, Okla. native led the NAIA in doubles (25) and ranked tied for fifth in RBI (71) and sixth in hits with 88. She produced 147 total bases to rank 10th in the NAIA.

Katera Eltsosie was one of four freshman to receive All-American honors on the First or Second Team. The Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year produced a 1.63 ERA during the season with a 28-7 record in 31 starts. The Albuquerque, N.M. native had 27 complete-game outings with 12 shutouts and a trio of saves. She produced 191 strikeouts in 202.1 innings and held opponents to a .196 batting average. Katera ranked fourth in wins (28) and 11th in strikeouts (191) during the season.

Clemmons becomes a two-time NAIA All-America recipient after claiming Honorable Mention honors last season. The senior centerfielder from Piedmont, Okla. hit .407 with 87 hits and 38 stolen bases this season. She ranked fourth in the NAIA in at-bats (214), sixth in stolen bases (38), seventh in hits (87) and eighth in steal attempts (41) and runs scored with 68. Over her LCU career, Clemmons hit .436 with 179 hits, 67 RBI, 137 runs and compiled 78 stolen bases in 128 games. In 411 at-bats, she had struck out only 11 times.

With five representatives, LCU had more All-Americans than any other program this season. The five honorees are the most LCU has produced since five were honored in 2009. LCU finished their sixth season in program history with a sixth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship.  They claimed a fifth Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title along the way and finished the season 61-10 overall for a single-season wins mark. LCU has produced 21 All-Americans in softball and they have all come over the past five season.  LCU did not receive any All-American accolades during the title winning 2008 season due to an error in the nomination process. They mark the final NAIA All-American recipients, as LCU makes the move to the Heartland Conference and into NCAA Div. II. In their NAIA history, LCU went 337-54 (.861).