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Thursday, 03 July 2014 22:24

Appalachian State Softball Earns Four All-State Honors

Appalachian State University softball picked up more accolades with four student-athletes earning North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division all-state honors.

The Mountaineers garnered the second-most first-team honorees with two, while also posting two second-team honorees.

Junior outfielder Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) and junior second baseman Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) were both honored as first-team selections.

Junior pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) and freshman shortstop Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) both earned second-team honors.

Heichen had a career year during the 2014 season and was selected as a Southern Conference first-team outfielder. She finished with career-highs in batting average (.333), total bases (51), slugging percentage (.347), on-base percentage (.368) and stolen bases (18). The 18 stolen bases gives her 48 for her career and places her eighth all-time in program history.

The Pembroke Pines, Fla. native, also reaped SoCon Player of the Week honors on April 14th after a week in which she batted .650, while finishing 13-for-20 at the plate. Heichen led the Mountaineers in average during league play. The junior outfielder also carried a 17-game hitting streak into the SoCon tournament – the longest hit streak in program history, which dates back to 2001.

Gomez also finished with a career-high in batting with a .328 average. The Oxnard, Calif. native drove in 11 runs – including her first career home run against Georgia Southern on April 6th. Gomez hit .367 in conference play, which contributed to 12 multi-hit games and seven stolen bases.

Schoelkopf helped pace the pitching staff for the Mountaineers in 2014 while contributing almost a strikeout per inning ratio. The Sewell, N.J. native, pitched 97 innings and struck out 95 batters in 26 appearances. The 95 strikeouts place Schoelkopf fifth on the all-time strikeout list with 253 in two seasons as a Mountaineer. Schoelkopf made 16 starts and finished the year with a 3.68 earned-run average.

Parker garnered all-freshman team honors from the SoCon after one of the best seasons from a freshman in program history. Parker finished the regular season with a team-high 10 homers, 29 RBIs, 28 runs, .659 slugging percentage and 19 walks all while hitting .326 at the plate.

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