Stevenson named third team NFCA All-American

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Marshall Softball Graduate Mya Stevenson was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) third-team All-American, the organization announced Wednesday at its annual press conference at the Women’s College World Series.

Stevenson receives his first All-American nod and becomes only the fourth All-American in program history. She joined Rachel Folden (2005-08) who was honored four times, and Morgan Zekle and Jordan Dixon both selected in 2017.

The great honor comes the same day from Aly Harrell be named the winner of the Senior CLASS award. Both players have thrived under the head coach’s tutelage Megan SmithLyon who has just completed his fourth season at the helm.

Fifty-four student-athletes from 34 different teams have been named to the three 2022 NFCA Division I All-America teams. Stevenson is the fourth overall All-American selection as well as a Marshall student-athlete this calendar year. Vitor Dias and Pedro Dolabella of men’s soccer were named United Soccer Coaches All-Americans in December and Rasheen Ali football was honored as a Football Writer’s Association of America Freshman All-American in January.

Stevenson graduated from Marshall in the spring of 2022 after playing a record four years for the herd. She began her journey by breaking the team single-season home run record by hitting 20 bombs as a rookie in 2019. Stevenson made 58 runs that season, the second in a year by a Herd player and was named First Team All-Conference USA, C-USA All-Freshman Team, member of the C-USA All-Tournament Team and was selected to the All-Mideast Region Third Team. Stevenson led all Division I freshmen in homers that season.

The Mesquite, Texas native continued her struggle through the shortened 2020 season as she tied for the NCAA lead in total home runs with 12 before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stevenson added eight more home runs in 2021 to enter this season with 40 in his career. She tied with Harrell for third place overall on the Marshall charts. Both players went back and forth early before Stevenson exploded in March with eight homers. She hit the 50th of her career at home in the series opener against Middle Tennessee on March 25. The two-run shot in the third inning gave the Herd a 4-0 lead on their way to victory.

The right-handed slugger hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of a comeback against the Charlotte 49ers at Dot Hicks Field on April 2. the eighth round.

Stevenson hit two bombs in another comeback win at Florida Atlantic on April 8. The first was the second of consecutive circuits as Saige Pye broke first. Stevenson’s solo home run tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh. She came back top of the eighth with two runners on base and threw a pitch deep into the left parking lot, giving Marshall a 7-2 lead on the way to another victory.

Stevenson hit his 57th on April 23 at WKU and entered the final two weeks of the regular season needing just one more home run to tie Folden for the herd’s all-time record, and two far from claiming the record. Finally, on May 8, in the regular season finale at North Texas, Stevenson fired a shot to left center that gave Marshall a 2-0 lead and tied it for 58th of his career. .

The following week, while still in Denton, Texas, about 45 minutes from her hometown, the Herd played in a playoff game against Charlotte in the Conference USA tournament. Trailing 9-8 late in the seventh, Stevenson walked up to home plate and attacked the first pitch she saw from Lindsey Walljasper. Stevenson scored the pitch deep into the night and above the scoreboard. The first solo homer not only tied the game at 9-9, bringing more life to the herd, but gave Stevenson Marshall’s all-time homer record. The 59th of his career came in his 171st career game, hitting the record in 51 fewer games than Folden set the record in 2008. It was the 53rd game that Stevenson hit a home run in his herd career, and the 18th time she hit one on the first pitch at bat.

Stevenson finished the 2022 season batting .361 with 56 hits, 12 doubles, 19 home runs, 55 RBIs, batting .806, and had a .440 on-base percentage. His 19 homers were the second in a season in team history. She was named a second-team All-C-USA, selected to the C-USA All-Tournament Team, and honored as an NFCA First-Team All-Mideast selection.

In addition to rewriting the home run side of the herd’s record books, Stevenson capped his Marshall career with a .341 batting average, good for ninth in team history, and a hitting percentage of .771, the second best at Marshall. She ranked in the top 10 in RBI (169 – fourth), total bases (387 – fourth), on-base percentage (.430 – tied for eighth), runs scored (133 – tied for eighth) and games with at least one RBI (78 – eighth).

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