Kornfeind Earns Pair of All-America Honors

By Jared Verner published May 22, 2013

SALEM, Va. - University of Colorado Colorado Springs freshman outfielder Payton Kornfeind became the first Mountain Lion since 2004 and the second in program history to earn a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America First Team. The awards were announced tonight at the pre-championship banquet for the 2013 NCAA Division II Softball National Championship.

Kornfeind also earned Daktronics All-America Second Team honors earlier in the day. She is the fifth different Mountain Lion to earn an All-America honor in softball and the first since 2009. Kornfeind joins UCCS Hall of Fame catcher Crystal Krebs as the only Mountain Lions to earn a spot on the NFCA First Team. 

Kornfeind finished the regular season with a .520 batting average to rank third in Division II and first among Division II freshman. She was eighth in all NCAA divisions and third among all freshmen in the NCAA. Her final .516 batting average, which accounted for an at-bat during the RMAC tournament, put her in fourth in conference records and second in UCCS records.

Kornfeind finished the season with 64 hits for No. 10 in program records, and her 18 stolen bases this season were two short of the top 10 for UCCS. She ranked No. 10 in Division II with a .560 on-base percentage and No. 16 with 1.11 runs per game at the end of the regular season.

Kornfeind was the RMAC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-RMAC First Team. She's the first freshman outfielder named to a conference first team in the RMAC since 2010.

The Mountain Lions finished the season 26-20-1 and made the deepest run in the RMAC tournament since 2006. UCCS is seventh in Division II for batting average, No. 19 in slugging percentage, No. 19 in scoring and No. 31 in doubles.

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