Two members of the 2011 Reinhardt University softball team were recently honored with postseason awards from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Reinhardt’s Andrea Thibaudeau and Maddie Monroe were each selected to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-East Region Second Team.
Thibaudeau, a 5-foot-11 junior from Cartersville, Ga., earned one of the two outfield spots after three outfielders were named to the first team. A two-time All-Appalachian Athletic Conference performer, Thibaudeau started in all 51 games for the Lady Eagles in 2011, topping the squad in sacrifice flies (four) while tying for the team lead in doubles (14) and RBIs (43). She hit .374 with three home runs, four triples, 35 runs scored, 18 stolen bases, a .585 slugging percentage and .407 on-base percentage.
A 5-foot-8 sophomore pitcher out of Calhoun, Ga., Monroe was one of six at-large picks on the second team. Monroe, the AAC Pitcher of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, led Reinhardt in almost every pitching category this past season. She made 27 appearances this year with 21 complete games and seven shutouts, posting a 21-5 record and 1.51 ERA. In 162 innings, Monroe struck out 163 and walked 35 with opponents batting .219 against her.
The Lady Eagles claimed both the AAC regular season and tournament championships in 2011 and ended with a 40-11 overall record for the second year in a row. Reinhardt made its first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament after receiving the conference’s automatic bid.
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