Dunn Caps Stellar Career with First Team All-Region Honors
Photo courtesy of Curt Youngblood.
Dunn Caps Stellar Career with First Team All-Region Honors
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Anna Dunn finished her Centenary Softball career as the best hitter in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2018 season. The accolades continued when Dunn grabbed First Team All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as an outfielder Wednesday, May 16.

Dunn is believed to be the fifth NFCA All-Region honoree in Ladies softball history (Robin Rackley as a catcher and Kristy Risner as a shortstop in 1994, Cheyenne Davies as a pitcher in 2004, and Micah Rhodes as an outfielder in 2006) and the first athlete to grab First Team honors. She is also the first Ladies Softball All-Region honoree from the non-scholarship era.

"Anna has played a big part in the successes we have been able to achieve in the field in her four years at Centenary," said head coach Mark Suire. "Anna is a good example of what it means to be a student-athlete. She's been dedicated to success both in the classroom and on the field, earning her degree in psychology. 

"It has been great to coach Anna and watch her grow into one of the best players in the country," added Coach Suire.

In a spectacular career that included three All-Conference nods and the 2015 SCAC Newcomer of the Year award, Dunn saved the best for her senior season. She led the SCAC with a .424 batting average, a .915 slugging percentage, 52 RBIs, 15 home runs, and 108 total bases, breaking the Ladies single season record (non-scholarship era) in all five categories. She also broke both the conference and Centenary season home run record in the 2018 Conference Tournament.

Dunn also swiped 11 bags on the season, becoming the first player in SCAC softball history to tally double-digit home runs and stolen bases for a season.

For her play from April 9-15, Dunn received Player of the Week honors from both the SCAC and NFCA for the first time in her career. In seven games, she went 16-26 with 20 RBIs and five home runs. On senior weekend, April 14-15, she went 11-for-14 with seven runs scored, three doubles, and three home runs in the Ladies four-game sweep of Dallas. Her two home runs in the second game on Saturday was the first time a Centenary hitter has hit two round trippers in one game in five seasons.

Dunn completed her career with a .371 batting average, the best in school history during the NCAA Division III era (minimum 200 at-bats). She also easily broke the career records in slugging percentage (.654), runs (112), hits (169), home runs (27), RBIs (126), total bases (179), and doubles (44) during the non-scholarship era.

Dunn was the one of only two position players from the SCAC to receive NFCA All-Region accolades. As a First Team honoree, she is eligible for NFCA All-American recognition. Selections will be released next Wednesday, May 23.