Jones named Honorable Mention All-American


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



University of Rio Grande junior Jenna Jones prepares to release a pitch during a undated softball contest in Rio Grande, Ohio.


URG Athletics/Courtesy Photo

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — University of Rio Grande junior right-hander Jenna Jones is among those named as an Honorable Mention selection to the 2016 NAIA All-American softball team.

The squad was selected by the NAIA All-America committee and announced Saturday.

Jones, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, posted an 18-2 record and a 1.38 earned run average for the RedStorm, who set a single-season school record for wins (41) en route to winning the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s regular season and tournament championships.

Both of her losses came against Central Methodist (Mo.) University in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

In 22 apperances – 21 of which were starts – Jones authored 12 complete games and five shutouts, including a no-hitter against Cincinnati Christian University on April 16. She allowed 83 hits and 34 runs – 26 earned – while walking 40 and striking out 93 over 131-2/3 innings.

Opposing batters hit just .180 against Jones, a first team All-KIAC honoree and a unanimous selection for KIAC Pitcher of the Year.

Jones was the only player from a KIAC school to be recognized.

Sophomore Ashli Hafford of St. Gregory’s (Okla.) was named the NAIA Player of the Year and senior Nicole Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier (Ill.) was honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year.

Nonnemacher is the only four-time All-American on the list, as she was a first-team All-American all four years. In addition, Nonnemacher becomes the first individual in NAIA history to win the NAIA Pitcher of the Year accolades in three consecutive years.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

University of Rio Grande junior Jenna Jones prepares to release a pitch during a undated softball contest in Rio Grande, Ohio.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_6.12-URG-Jones-1.jpgUniversity of Rio Grande junior Jenna Jones prepares to release a pitch during a undated softball contest in Rio Grande, Ohio. URG Athletics/Courtesy Photo

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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