Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan senior Rachael Knapp has been named Honorable Mention All-America by Fastpitch News.
Knapp, who led the Chippewas to the regular-season Mid-American Conference championship, is one of 35 pitchers from across the nation to earn All-America status from the website.
Ten pitchers were named first team, 10 were named to the second team, and 15 received honorable mention. The same total and breakdown were named for position players.
Knapp wrapped up her outstanding career by earning the MAC Pitcher of the Year of the Year Award, the first Chippewa to do so in more than a decade. She finished the season 22-10 with a 1.44 earned run average, and ranked second in the MAC in wins and ERA, and led the league with 11 shutouts.
Knapp closed her career at CMU first in career appearances (138), complete games (83), and innings pitched (752 2/3); second in career strikeouts (823); tied for second in career saves (6); third in career wins (69); and fifth with 25 career shutouts.
She set program records in 2017 for appearances (37), innings pitched (226), and complete games (27), and finished the season with 256 strikeouts, the second-highest single-season total in Chippewa history.
Knapp was one of three MAC players among the 70 honored. Ohio pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey and Kent State third baseman Maddy Grimm were the others. Grimm was named the MAC Player of the Year.