Pair of SCIAC Softball Players Named NFCA All-Americans

Pair of SCIAC Softball Players Named NFCA All-Americans

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball player Harmony Palmer and Redlands softball player Kayla Uphold were named NFCA All-Americans.

Harmony Palmer

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced their All-American teams on Thursday evening and CMS standout Harmony Palmer was named to the First Team for the second time in her illustrious career.  She was also an NFCA First Team All-American in 2010.

Palmer, a First Team All-SCIAC and NFCA First Team All-West Region selection, led the Athenas in nearly every offensive category including average (.482), on-base percentage (.561), slugging percentage (.662), runs (52), hits (67), doubles (17), triples (4) and stolen bases (25).  She also fielded .967 defensively at second base.  An student-athlete in the truest sense, Palmer also earned Academic All-District honors this season.

"Harmony is the most instinctive ballplayer I've ever coached," stated Head Coach Betsy Hipple.  "Her ability to make the critical play or get the clutch hit puts her among the greatest gamers I've ever coached as well.  But above everything else, Harmony's enjoyment of intense competition, her focus and production when the stakes were highest and team needed her most – these are traits that only come from an elite athlete of Harmony's caliber.  We are going to miss her production on the field, her light-heartedness off the field and the joy of watching one of the best Division III ballplayers in America ply her craft the last four years."

Palmer holds CMS career records in batting average (.422), on-base percentage (.494), runs (162), hits (236), doubles (65) and RBI (58).  She also holds the CMS single season records in the same categories with her best totals coming this season except for doubles (18-2011) and RBI (58-2010).

Kayla Uphold

It was recently announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) that senior pitcher Kayla Uphold (Fontana, CA) of the University of Redlands softball program was named to the All-America Third Team.  She is one of two student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to earn All-America status from the NFCA, as she joins First-Teamer Harmony Palmer of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

After compiling a 25-10 record from the circle in 2013, Uphold concluded her three-year career at Redlands as the team's primary pitcher.  During 209.2 innings pitched, including 23 complete games and nine shutouts, she tallied an impressive ERA of 1.44 while fanning 121 batters.  She held opponents to a batting average of .214.

The two-time SCIAC Player of the Year also provided an offensive spark to the Bulldogs' line-up with 36 hits for a batting average of .383.  Uphold scored 17 times and connected on nine RBI.

Earlier this month, Uphold was named to the NFCA All-West Region First Team, which made her eligible for All-America consideration.

During the 2013 season, she led the Maroon and Gray to the program's ninth consecutive SCIAC championship and ninth straight NCAA appearance.  The Bulldogs advanced to the third day of the NCAA Division III Championships, placing third among a high-caliber regional that included five nationally ranked teams. 

Redlands (36-12, 22-6 SCIAC) finished the campaign tied for 15th among the NFCA rankings.  

For a complete list of the All-America honorees, please visit the NFCA web site.