Bergstrom receives All-America honor

Emily Bergstrom

Sophomore Christen Kirchner of Central Baptist (Ark.) and junior Emma Holden of California Baptist headline the group, which is comprised of first team, second team and honorable mention selections and selected by the NAIA All-America committee.

Kirchner was tabbed the NAIA Player of the Year, while Holden becomes the fourth honoree from California Baptist in the last five years to be named the NAIA Pitcher of the Year.

Bergstrom, a left-hander from El Campo, becomes the fourth UHV player to earn the NAIA All-America honor in the four years of the Jaguars softball program.

“That speaks volumes for our program and Emily is most deserving of this award as she is the type of player any coach would want on their team,” said UHV softball coach Keri Lambeth.

Bergstrom was the ace of the staff for the Jaguars in the circle this season becoming UHV’s first 20-game winner with a 20-6 record and tossing the school’s first perfect game in a 3-0 win over Huston-Tillotson. She compiled a 1.67 ERA allowing 38 earned runs in 159.2 innings.

She allowed 159 hits and walked a UHV season-low 10 batters, while striking out 113 and holding opponents to a .256 batting average. She tossed 18 complete games and recorded seven shutouts in leading the Jaguars to a 37-18 record.

 “She has come so far in the last couple of years and showed that she is one of the top pitchers in the NAIA after having gone up against some of the top teams and compiled a low E.R.A. (earned run average) at the same time,” Lambeth said.

2011 NAIA Softball All-America Team

First Team
Player School Pos. Class Hometown
Emma Holden California Baptist P Jr. San Carlos Calif. 
Anna Ard William Carey  P Sr. Louisville, Miss.
Brenna Sandberg Cal State San Marcos P Sr. Santee, Calif.
Emily Gilbert Grand View (Iowa) C Jr. Prairie city, Iowa
Amy Madden Southern Nazarene C So. Yukon, Okla.
Jenny Shepard Brenau (Ga.) DP Fr. Martinez, Ga.
Jennifer Costa MidAmerica Nazarene UTL Sr. Escalon, Calif.
Christen Kirchner Central Baptist (Ark.) INF So. Bryant, Ark.
Tiffany Schandera Brenau (Ga.) INF So. Columbus, Ga.
Kim Frazier Lubbock Christian INF Jr. Buena Park, Calif.
Kayla Lucas Central Baptist(Ark.) INF Sr. Marion, Ark.
Nathalie Timmermans Oklahoma City INF Jr. Oldenzaal, Netherlands
Stephanie Nippert Corban(Ore.) OF So. Rocklin, Calif.
Mara Rodriguez California Baptist OF So. Moreno Valley, Calif.
Kayla Van Dieren Lubbock Christian OF So. Placentia, Calif.
Kendall Gorham California Baptist OF Jr. Riverside, Calif.
Kiara Bonner Central Baptist (Ark.) AL So. Brazoria, Texas
Lauren Baker Trevecca Nazarene AL Jr. Hendersonville, Tenn.
Lily LaVelle Oklahoma City AL Jr. Bridge City, Okla.
Valerie Teter Columbia (Mo.) AL Sr. Bevier, Mo.

Second Team
Sarah Burns Belhaven (Miss.) P St. Edmond, Okla.
Anyibell Ramirez Lindsey Wilson (Ky) P Sr. Barinas, Venezuela
Jessica Bock Central Baptist (Ark.) P Jr. Jacksonville, Ark.
Karli Rush Trevecca Nazarene C Sr. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Mackenzie Neely Morningside (Iowa) C So. Roland, Iowa
CeCe Luster Biola (Calif.) DP Fr. Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Brandi Richards Auburn-Montgomery UTL Jr. Covington, Ga.
Jordan Reynolds Olivet Nazarene INF Jr. Metamore, Ill.
Alex Miller Cal State San Marcos INF Fr. San Diego, Calif.
Katie Hale Southern Nazarene INF Sr. Baytown, Texas
Christina Jaques Belhaven (Miss.) INF Sr. Orange, Texas
Amber Hayes Union (Tenn.) INF Sr. Brighton, Tenn.
Haylee Rogers Trevecca Nazarene OF Fr. Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Cheyenne Stewart Friends (Kan.) OF So. Wichita, Kan.
Nicki Feuerbach Simpson (Calif.) OF Jr. Anderson, Calif.
Priscilla FaGaines  Lubbock Christian OF Sr. Covina, Calif.
Libby Munson Shorter (Ga.) AL Sr. Suwanee, Ga.
Lindsay Henry California Baptist AL Jr. Murrieta, Calif.
Aubrey Utley Central Methodist AL Fr. Trenton, Mo.

Honorable Mention

Jenna Bentlage, Missouri Baptist; EMILY BERGSTROM, Houston-Victoria; Danielle Billings, evangel (Mo.); Heather Brusokas, Davenport (Mich.); Annalee Carr, Belhaven (Miss.); charisse Colston, Notre Dame (Ohio); Nicole Dimicelli, Judson (Ill.); Erica Gunter, Central Baptist (Ark.); Derrisha Lacey, Cal State San Marcos; Shelby Lamb, Union (Tenn.); Anna Mannes, Brenau (Ga.); Kristina Manser, Friends (Kan.); Megan Navarrette, Lubbock Christian; Courtney O’Conner (British Columbia); Caroline Olivares, SUNY Canton (N.Y.); Morgan Paschall, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Helen Rodgers, Marian (Ind.); Jessaca Spears, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Leigha Strong, Iowa Wesleyan; Heidi Warmelink, Cornerstone (Mich.)

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow