On Campus: Mel Dumezich earns NFCA third-team honors
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent June 3, 2013 5:12PM
Updated: July 5, 2013 2:39PM
Whiting’s Mel Dumezich capped her career with her third straight All-American selection.
The Texas A&M standout was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association third team after completing her senior season with a 27-10 record and three saves. She struck out 236 and posted a 2.98 ERA to spur the Aggies to their fifth Super Regional softball appearance.
Her six shutouts included three no-hitters in 11 days. She finished third all-time in strikeouts, innings and victories (104).
Dumezich also batted .271 and drove in 40 runs. Her slugging percentage of .607 was based on 12 home runs and 11 doubles.
This summer she will pitch professionally for the Chicago Bandits.
Evansville’s Taylor Perry (Crown Point) made 11 appearances, mostly in relief. She struck out 28 in 35 innings. Her record was 2-1.
Manchester’s Jordan Nieman (Michigan City) was named second team All-American, Division III, by the ABCA. The junior third baseman drove in 71 runs. He hit 11 homers and posted a .629 slugging percentage.
Earlham’s Mark Dye (Munster) batted .290. The senior outfielder appeared in 22 games.
Ball State’s Clay Manering (LaPorte) made seven of his 10 appearances in relief. He was 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA, but struggled with his control with 16 walks in 20.1 innings. The junior lefty came from Parkland Community College, where he fashioned an 11-5 record in two years.
Lefty Josh Biggs wrapped up his career at Evansville with a 3-2 record. Eight of his 16 appearances were starts. He struck out 41 in 511/3 innings.
IUPUI’s Carolyn Kupchak (Crown Point) averaged 83.1 strokes for 16 rounds. The sophomore helped the Jaguars win the Butler Invitational with the only eagle of the tournament. A big hitter, she tied for sixth place with a 77.
IUPUI’s Rachel Zajac (St John/Lake Central) was named to the Academic all-district second team with a 3.89 GPA. Zajac set school records with a 2:17.58 run in the 800 meters and a 4:42.25 effort in the 1,500.