Friday, May 16, 2003
BORTZ NAMED NFCA SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
COLUMBIA, MO --- Sophomore shortstop Heather Bortz (Allentown, PA/Parkland HS) of
the Moravian College softball team has been named to the 2003 Louisville Slugger/National
Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Second Team announced Thursday evening at the
banquet prior to the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship in Salem, Virginia.
Bortz, who is the first Moravian player to receive national All-American accolades, is
one of 45 players that have been named to the 2003 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III
All-American first, second and third teams. NFCA-member NCAA Division III coaching representatives,
based on nominations from the 2003 season, selected all three teams.
Bortz led the Greyhounds to a 32-10 record this season and a runner-up
finish at the 2003 NCAA Regional, Moravian’s best-ever finish in the NCAA Division
III Tournament. Moravian won its fourth consecutive Commonwealth Conference Championship
and earned its sixth straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Bortz was
one of two players from the Middle Atlantic Corporation to earn All-American accolades,
the other was Michelle Mumma of Messiah College, also a Second Team All-American, and Bortz was
one of five players from the East Region selected as an All-American.
Bortz led Moravian at the plate this season with a .496 batting average,
the third highest single season in school history. Bortz set the school
record with 67 hits during the year, and she became the fastest player in school history
to reach 100 hits. She currently has 117 hits after two seasons. Bortz also
contributed 29 runs scored, 18 RBIs, 11 walks, ten stolen bases, six doubles, three triples
and a home run, which was an inside-the-park grand slam in the NCAA Regional. Bortz had
an on-base percentage of .531 this spring, and she was one of the toughest players in the
country to strikeout with just three strikeouts in 135 at-bats this year. In the field, Bortz made
84 putouts and 69 assists while committing just eight errors from her shortstop position.
Other awards for Bortz this spring include the Co-Commonwealth Conference
Player of the Year with Mumma, Commonwealth All-Conference First Team, NFCA All-East Region
First Team, NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team and Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women Player of the Year.