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James, Kenney Pick Up NFCA All-Central Region Accolades


Sandy James was named to the NFCA All-Central Region first team on Thursday.

May 16, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech seniors Mikey Kenney and Sandy James were both honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday as part of the organization's Division I All-Region teams.

Two of the top hitters in school history, James earned first-team accolades for the central region as a utility player while Kenney picked up second-team honors in the outfield. Tech was one of five teams to have multiple players represented on one of the two teams.

James' selection marks the third-straight season a Red Raider has received a mention of the first team, joining Logan Hall from 2011 and Adriana Perez from 2012. It is the first time she has ever been honored by the NFCA as well.

The Kilgore, Texas native hit .321 with nine home runs and 40 RBI to go along with a team-high 17 doubles that ended the regular season ranked second in the Big 12 Conference. She was also a regular on the bases for the Red Raiders, totaling 40 walks en route to a .456 on-base percentage that ranked only behind Kenney's .509 mark.

James, who split time at first base and behind the plate, ends her career in scarlet and black among the all-time leaders in school history as she ranks first in career walks and second in home runs and RBI. Her .323 career average also ranks fourth while her 35 total doubles are sixth in the record book.

Kenney, meanwhile, became just the fourth Tech player to be recognized by the NFCA twice in a career as she also earned second-team accolades in 2011 as well. She joins Kim Martinez (1997, 1999), Sandy Butler (1998, 2001), and Emily Bledsoe (2010-11) as two-time honorees.

This is the second postseason for Kenney already this week as she was named to the All-Big 12 second team on Tuesday in a vote by the league coaches.

The Arvada, Colo. native recorded a career-best .354 average this season to go along with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. She ranked among the Big 12 leaders in nearly every offensive category after also totaling a school record 43 walks as well as 13 doubles and 12 stolen bases.

Kenney wraps her four-year career as a Red Raider as the school's all-time leader in home runs, RBI and runs scored while also ranking second for total hits and walks. Her .326 career average ranks third in the program record book as well. She also ranks third for career at-bats, doubles and stolen bases and sixth for 226 total games played.

 

 

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