Parnaby named NFCA All-American

Kaia Parnaby // Hawaii Athletics
Kaia Parnaby // Hawaii Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—University of Hawai’i softball pitcher Kaia Parnaby became just the 11th Rainbow Wahine in history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American. Parnaby, a senior southpaw who was the cornerstone of the 2013 team, was selected to the third team which was announced on Wednesday.

Parnaby (39-7, 16-2 BWC) recorded arguably the best pitching single-season in UH and Big West Conference history. She broke two long-standing BWC records and led the NCAA in victories for nine straight weeks and finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally in wins; No. 5 with 342 strike outs; and No. 5 with 13 shutouts. Her 39 wins trumped the old mark of 35 set by Cal Poly Pomona’s Rhonda Wheatley in 1987 as well as the former Hawai’i record of 32 set by Melissa Coogan in 2003. In addition, Parnaby racked up 342 strikeouts to pass former UH standout Brooke Wilkins from the top spot in both BWC and Hawai’i history. Wilkins, who mentored Parnaby in their native Australia, fanned 325 batters in 1994. Parnaby also became just the fifth pitcher in league history and first Rainbow Wahine to log 300 innings in a season. Her 312.2 innings ranks her No. 4 in the Big West record book and No. 1 in UH history, passing Coogan’s 281.0 in 2003.

Parnaby finished her career ranked No. 2 in wins (86), shutouts (32), and strike outs (794); No. 3 in complete games (89); and No. 4 with 724.0 innings pitched in the Rainbow Wahine record books. She is just the fourth Hawai’i pitcher to earn the prestigious honor, joining Wilkins (1994, ’95), Kate Robinson (2007), and Stephanie Ricketts (2012). Parnaby was the only representative of the Big West Conference in this year’s All-America teams.

Parnaby, who was voted Big West Pitcher of the Year, helped lead the Rainbow Wahine win their sixth conference overall title and third in last four seasons. It marked UH’s first Big West crown since 1994 after capturing four titles in the last 16 years as members of the Western Athletic Conference. Hawai’i wrapped up a solid 2013 campaign with a 2-2 performance in their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Seattle Regional.

Hawai`i’s 45 wins were the most by a Big West squad since Long Beach State won 51 games in 2004. She was selected BWC Pitcher of the Week five times this season.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

2013 NFCA Division I All-American Teams
First Team  
Pos. Player School
P Keilani Ricketts University of Oklahoma
P Blaire Luna University of Texas
P Hannah Rogers University of Florida
C Amber Freeman Arizona State University
1B Lauren Chamberlain University of Oklahoma
2B Lauren Gibson University of Tennessee, Knoxville
3B Raven Chavanne University of Tennessee, Knoxville
SS Madison Shipman University of Tennessee, Knoxville
OF Janie Takeda University of Oregon
OF Cassidy Bell Penn State University
OF Kayla Braud University of Alabama
UT/P Kaitlin Inglesby University of Washington
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Alexa Peterson University of Oregon
At-Large/P Chelsea Thomas University of Missouri
At-Large/UT/P Lauren Haeger University of Florida
At-Large/3B Taylor Hoagland University of Texas
At-Large/P Rachele Fico Louisiana State University
At-Large/P Jessica Moore University of Oregon
Second Team  
Pos. Player School
P Olivia Galati Hofstra University
P Dallas Escobedo Arizona State University
P Jolene Henderson University of California, Berkeley
C Megan Baltzell Longwood University
1B Alicja Wolny University of Louisville
2B Katie Keller University of Louisville
3B Shelby Pendley University of Oklahoma
SS Cheyenne Coyle Arizona State University
OF Haylie McCleney University of Alabama
OF B.B. Bates University of California, Los Angeles
OF Brianna Turang University of Oklahoma
UT/P Tatum Edwards University of Nebraska
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Cali Lanphear Texas A&M University
At-Large/SS Sierra Romero University of Michigan
At-Large/2B Kaila Hunt University of Alabama
At-Large/OF Emilee Koerner University of Notre Dame
At-Large/OF Brianna Cherry University of Louisiana-Lafayette
At-Large/P Hannah Campbell University of South Alabama
Third Team  
Pos. Player School
P Kaia Parnaby University of Hawai’i
P Aimee Creger University of Tulsa
P Lacey Waldrop Florida State University
C Sarah Draheim University of Louisiana-Lafayette
1B Geri Ann Glasco University of Georgia
2B Kaylan Howard University of Oregon
3B Kaitlyn Richardson University of Minnesota
SS Taylor Thom University of Texas
OF Tomeka Watson Elon University
OF Maggie Hull University of Kansas
OF A.J. Andrews Louisiana State University
UT/P Jackie Traina University of Alabama
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Brooke Short Longwood University
At-Large/P Sara Nevins University of South Florida
At-Large/OF Jennifer Gilbert Ball State University
At-Large/C Stephanie Pasquale Temple University
At-Large/2B Ashley Lane University of Michigan
At-Large/UT/P Mel Dumezich Texas A&M University
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