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Softball - Mon, Jun. 19, 2017

For the second straight season, Taylor Nearad of Kirkwood Community College was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as the Junior College National Player of the Year.

The award was voted on by the members of the NFCA's Junior College All-American and Coaching Staff of the Committees, which are comprised of NJCAA I, II & III, Cal JC and NWAC. 

The Eagle's center fielder was tops in the nation again in numerous hitting categories, much as she was in 2016. In her sophomore season, Neard led Division II softball in hits (112), doubles (35) and runs (106). She finished in the top five home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage. 

In 125 career games with the Eagles, Nearad hit .561 with 257 hits, 66 doubles, 19 triples, 49 home runs, 209 RBI and 220 runs scored. She shattered the program's career batting average and records by .63 points and 92 base knocks, respective, while also breaking the home run mark by four. 

An award that began in 2016, Nearad is the only winner to date.