Central Baptist College’s softball program, which has won 109 games in two years and a National Christian College Athletic Association national title, received another milestone Thursday when infielder Christen Kirchner was named NAIA Player of the Year.
The Mustangs (57-7) placed three players on the NAIA All-America First Team, one on the Second Team and had another earn honorable mention honors.
CBC, whose season ended in the regional pool semifinals at the NAIA National Championships last week at Gulf Shores, Ala., completed its first year as an NAIA member.
Kirchner, a sophomore from Bryant, led the nation in almost every hitting category. She was first in the NAIA in batting average (.545), total hits (102), RBIs (86) and total bases (209). She ranked second in home runs (25), doubles (26) and slugging percentage (1.118). She hit safely in 57 of 64 games played and started the season on a 17-game hitting streak. She was part of a Mustang squad that led the NAIA in batting average (.423), hits per game (12.2), home runs per game (2.3) and runs scored per game (9.6).
She also helped the Lady Mustangs to smash an team NAIA home run record for a season with 135.
She is the first Central Baptist athlete to earn national Player of the Year in any sports division.
Also making the first team from CBC were infielder, Kayla Lucas, a senior from Marion, and at-large player Kiera Bonner, a sophomore from Brazoria, Texas.
Jessica Bock, a junior pitcher from Jacksonville, earned second-team honors.
Erica Gunter earned honoable-mention honors.