Peterson NFCA All-American 2010

Peterson Earns Second All-American Honor of Career


STARKVILLE, Miss. - Saint Mary's senior outfielder Ashley Peterson was one of 45 Division III softball players to be named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-American Team.  The announcement came last evening at the national championship banquet in Eau Claire, Wisc.

The Lansing, Illinois, native was one of the fifteen athletes named Third Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.  This season, she led the team in nine different offensive categories - batting average (.516), hits (64), doubles (15), home runs (10), runs batted in (53), total bases (111), slugging percentage (.895), walks (16), and sacrifice flies (5).  

At the conference level, she was the conference leader in eight statistical categories.  She was the equivalent of a triple crown winner having led the MIAA in batting average, home runs, and runs batted en route to her second league batting title of her career.  She earned All-MIAA First Team honors for the third consecutive year and was selected by conference coaches as the MVP of the league this spring.  One of the most prolific softball players in school and conference history, she set more than a dozen single season and career records on both levels.

Peterson tallied 20 multiple hit games and had multiple runs batted in for the Belles in 12 games in 2010.  She also had a team-best and career-best 13 game hitting streak during her senior campaign.

At the national level, she ranked among the top ten players in all of Division III softball in batting average (7th), runs batted in per game (8th), slugging percentage (9th), and sacrifice flies (5th) as of May 17.  Moreover, she was ranked in the top 40 in home runs per game (36th), doubles per game (40th), toughest to strikeout (34th), home runs (29th), and on base percentage (22nd).

Peterson was the only player from a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association school to be honored as an All-American this spring.  It is the second time in her career that she has been selected by the group as an All-American, having been named to the All-American Second Team in 2008.

Of the 31 teams represented on the 2010 All-American teams, 20 of those squads made an appearance in the 60 team field of the NCAA Division III softball regional and championship rounds.

For a complete list of the honorees, please visit www.nfca.org/pagebank/?id=1568.