STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) of the Georgia College & State University softball team (32-24) was named First Team All-American, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced today (May 18).
Chandler was 27-15 in the circle this season with a paltry 1.80 ERA. The senior struck out a PBC record 417 batters over her 280 2/3 innings this year, with opponents hitting just .181. She was a Daktronics Second Team All-American a year ago.
The NFCA All-America honor is Chandler's first in her stellar career.
Bobcat softball has now taken home six NFCA All-America trophies all-time, with four coming under head coach Ginger Chaffinch. Chandler is the lone first-team honoree in school history, with the Bobcats nabbing second team twice, Sherquita Bostick in 2008 and GCSU Hall of Famer Jennifer Joiner in 2003.
The Bobcats went 32-24 in 2009, making their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, all coming under Chaffinch. Georgia College took second in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings, matching its highest finish. Chandler set the PBC mark in single-season strikeouts as well as career wins and whiffs this season, and stands at 1,207 good for fifth in NCAA Division II history. The 417 this season ranks ninth in the NCAA Division II recordbooks.
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