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SB's Anderson-Glass, Barry named NFCA All-Americans

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Mark Brown photo

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NFCA news release

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Tommie Softball has two players -- junior RHP Kierstin Anderson-Glass and senior 2B Melissa Barry -- named to the 46-player National Fastpitch Coaches' Association All-America team. They have led St. Thomas to a 43-5 start and a berth in the eight-team national finals.

Anderson-Glass was among 15 players named to the NFCA first-team. Barry was named third team.

After having no softball All-Americans in the program's first 20 years, St. Thomas players have won the elite honor 28 times in the last 19 seasons under Coach John Tschida's leadership.

St. Thomas opens play at nationals in Tyler, Texas, playing Eastern Connecticut State Thursday at 11 a.m.

 

Kierstin Anderson-Glass

  • Was named MIAC Pitcher of the Year; MVP of the conference playoffs; and Most Outstanding Pitcher of both the NCAA Regional and Super Regional.
  • Junior eligibility, native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., (Visitation HS)
  • Currently on national ballot for both NFCA All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration
  • On Tuesday announced as one of 10 finalists for the Schutt NFCA Division III National Player of the Year.
  • Missed 2017 and 2018 seasons for medical reasons after suffering a concussion during the 2016 national tournament after a hard tag at home plate
  • On her two-year career has a 56-8 record with 0.88 ERA, and a 10-to-1 K-to-walk ratio
  • This season in Division III stats she ranks first with 15 shutouts; ranks second in wins (26); and ranks third in ERA (0.66)
  • She's 8-0 so far in the postseason, with an 0.12 ERA (one run in 58 innings); had a streak of 48 innings without a run allowed end May 11 when she gave up back-to-back doubles in seventh inning of 6-1 victory over UW-Eau Claire
  • Since April 6, she's 20-0 with an 0.28 ERA and 72 strikeouts and just nine walks (two intentional)
  • Was named All-Region in 2016 when she led all freshmen pitchers at all 974 NCAA softball programs in Divisions 1, II and III in both strikeouts (233) and wins (30)

Melissa Barry

  • Eastview High grad, four-time first-team all-conference honoree at second base
  • Was on the NFCA's 25-Player Watch List for National Player of the Year.
  • Conference Player of the Year in 2018, she's twice been first-team All-Region.
  • On her career in 179 games has 225 hits, 154 runs, .403 BA.
  • In 48 games this season is batting .415 with 66 hits, 51 runs, 24 RBI, 29 steals and only two errors in 188 chances; and has struck out just five times in 48 games (181 plate appearances).
  • Ranks 13th in Division III with 66 hits.
  • Her 225 career hits rank fifth best in conference history.
  • In 36 career postseason games has 43 hits in 112 at-bats with 22 runs and just two errors in 130 infield chances.

 

Melissa Barry