Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lees-McRae College softball player Kara Cunningham was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-American Second Team Wednesday night at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet in Denver, Colorado. Cunningham becomes the first Bobcat softball player to ever be named an All-American in the history of the program.
This honor is the latest of a long list for Cunningham during her final season as a Bobcat in 2019. Earlier this month, Cunningham was named to a pair of All-Region teams to go along with taking home the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year award and the Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP honor. Furthermore, Cunningham was the league's pitcher of the week on March 5, and she tossed the program's first no-hitter since 2006 on April 18 against Converse.
Cunningham was a major reason why the Bobcats not only made their memorable run in the Conference Carolinas Tournament but also why they were so competitive against some of the top teams in the region in the NCAA Tournament. Through the seven games in the conference and NCAA tournaments, Cunningham went 5-2 with a 0.79 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.
The Indian Trail, North Carolina native will graduate as being perhaps the best player to ever play softball at Lees-McRae. Cunningham is the all-time record holder in at-bats (575), doubles (39), appearances (115), wins (42), shutouts (13), innings pitched (598.2) and strikeouts (506).