For the sixth time in her college career, Concordia University Irvine softball pitcher Callie Nunes has been named a First-Team All-American.
“It’s definitely an honor to be awarded,” the 2017 Ceres High School grad stated. “But like I said before, it wouldn’t have been possible without my team. They had my back all season, which is really awesome. That took some weight off my shoulders.”
Fastpitch News announced its 2019 FPN NCAA DII Pitching and Offensive All-American selections on June 13.
Nunes was the lone sophomore to earn first-team accolades.
A top-10 finalist for National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division-II Pitcher of the Year, Nunes was also named a First Team All-American by NFCA and Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) earlier this year.
This is the second consecutive season three associations have recognized Nunes as a First-Team All-American.
Nunes was selected D2CCA West Region Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. She earned first-team, all-region honors as well.
She was named to the NFCA First-Team All-Region Team for the second consecutive year.
“I love being on the mound and in the thick of everything. It’s hard. It’s physically and mentally grueling.”Callie Nunes
“I love being on the mound and in the thick of everything,” Nunes said. “It’s hard. It’s physically and mentally grueling.”
Nunes tied for first in NCAA DII with 33 victories and was fourth in strikeouts (266) while posting a 1.34 ERA.
She had four no-hitters.
Nunes helped lead Concordia to the NCAA DII Super Regional for the first time in program history, a 47-8 overall record and its second straight PacWest Conference title.
The Eagles claimed the Regional championship and climbed to No. 1 in the NFCA West Regional rankings for the first time.
Concordia reeled off 18 straight wins heading into Super Regionals.
“It was unreal,” Nunes said while talking about the Eagles’ run of success in 2019. “That outcome was a positive one. The team had a lot of success. Being able to play a significant role in that is so humbling. As a competitor, you want to be the best. There are definitely things I need to work on for next year. I need to cut down on my walks. I need to get ahead in counts. I need to be more consistent with my placement.”