Anderson’s Nichole Frazier & Sami Frazier Win Top HCAC Softball Awards

GREENWOOD, IN – Anderson University's Nichole Frazier (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Sami Frazer (Greenfield, Ind./H.S.) have been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The All-HCAC squad is selected by a vote of the nine conference head coaches.

Nichole Frazier, a junior shortstop for the Ravens, guided her team to a 15-1 record during the HCAC softball regular season and captured a fourth consecutive conference tournament championship. She was the leader of the Anderson offensive effort all season long, hitting .400 at the plate with a conference-best slugging percentage of .800 in league play.  Frazier also ranked among the conference leaders in home runs (6), RBI (22), and total bases (40).

Sami Frazier, a sophomore pitcher for the Ravens, was outstanding in the circle this year. She helped lead Anderson to the HCAC tournament title and earn the school's fourth straight NCAA tournament berth.  She posted an 8-1 record during conference play this season.  The sophomore recorded a 1.50 earned run average, allowing 11 earned runs in 51.1 innings of work.  Frazier struck out 30 opponents during the conference season and notched eight complete games.

Overall for Anderson this year, Frazier has sported a 1.64 earned run average and 15-3 overall record. She has thrown 115.1 innings and struck out 81 hitters.

The HCAC has also awarded the Freshman of the Year award to Franklin's Megan Lalioff (Fishers, Ind./H.S.).  Lalioff led the HCAC with a .562 batting average in conference play this spring, while ranking among the top 10 in runs scored (16), hits (27), doubles (7), total bases (36), and stolen bases (8).  The Grizzlies finished the season 21-17 overall, setting a new school record for wins in a season.

Anderson head coach Tony Holloway has been named HCAC Coach of the Year. Holloway, in his sixth season as head coach at Anderson, has led the Ravens to a 29-7 mark and a 15-1 record in the HCAC this season, including the HCAC tournament championship.  The Ravens will be making their fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament this weekend. This award is the also the fourth straight 'Coach of the Year' honor for Holloway while in charge at AU.

The Ravens open NCAA regional play against Fontbonne in Bloomington, Illinois Friday afternoon.

Most Valuable Player: Nichole Frazier, Anderson University

Pitcher of the Year: Sami Frazier, Anderson University

Freshman of the Year: Megan Lalioff, Franklin College

Coach of the Year: Tony Holloway, Anderson University

First Team All-HCAC

Ariana Muffo

Bluffton

Junior

C

Yardley Collett

Anderson

Junior

1B

Brittany Baker

Bluffton

Junior

2B

Nichole Frazier

Anderson

Junior

SS

Emily Willmann

Manchester

Junior

SS

Jessica Kuzara

Bluffton

Junior

3B

Kylie Planck

Manchester

Senior

3B

Samantha Steele

Anderson

Junior

DP

Katie McCool

Anderson

Sophomore

OF

Megan Lalioff

Franklin

Freshman

OF

Morgan Kain

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

OF

Sami Frazier

Anderson

Sophomore

P

Leah Kemmerer

Hanover

Junior

P

Second Team All-HCAC

Allison Bowman

Rose-Hulman

Senior

C

Johanna Bondra

Bluffton

Junior

1B

Shelby Bailey

Transylvania

Freshman

1B

Marissa Stout

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

2B

Maddy Rodabaugh

Transylvania

Freshman

SS

Carly Heibel

Rose-Hulman

Junior

SS

Macy Ferrall

Defiance

Senior

3B

Tori Wilson

Hanover

Sophomore

DP

Katie Struewing

Franklin

Sophomore

OF

Emilee Liston

Manchester

Freshman

OF

Jessica Ahlborn

Rose-Hulman

Junior

OF

Hannah Belvo

Anderson

Sophomore

P

Emily Scupholm

Bluffton

Freshman

P

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Morgan Burke

Anderson

Freshman

OF

Shelby Erford

Bluffton

Senior

SS

Maggie Neanen

Defiance

Senior

2B/SS

Mackenzie Vanosdol

Franklin

Sophomore

DP

Gabrielle Ritchey

Hanover

Freshman

Util.

Kalie Niezgodski

Manchester

Sophomore

DP

Paige Norton

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

OF

Jenna Martinek

Rose-Hulman

Senior

3B

Katie Hulsman

Transylvania

Sophomore

P

All-Sportsmanship Team

Sami Frazier

Anderson

Sophomore

P

Chelsea Weitz

Bluffton

Senior

OF

Kailea Holbrook

Defiance

Senior

P/DP

Allie Nash

Franklin

Senior

P

Breann Truelove

Hanover

Junior

C

MacKenzie Williams

Manchester

Sophomore

1B

Claire Wehby

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

IF

Marissa Stout

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

2B

Ashley Frees

Transylvania

Sophomore

OF