A stellar junior campaign from Valparaiso University outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) has led to a second straight All-Region honor, as Ranieri repeated as a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. With the award, Ranieri is now eligible for All-American honors.
Ranieri took her game to another level offensively in 2015, hitting .407 with 41 runs scored and 39 RBIs to lead the Crusaders. The junior set new single-season program records for walks (40) and on-base percentage (.543), while also moving into the top-10 in a season all-time at Valpo in slugging percentage (.764, 2nd), total bases (107, 2nd), batting average (3rd), home runs (11, 3rd), doubles (15, 5th), runs scored (7th) and RBIs (8th).
Ranieri leads the Horizon League in walks and sits second in on-base percentage, ranking among the top-30 nationally in both categories as well. Defensively, she played error-free softball and tallied six outfield assists.
Ranieri adds the 2015 Second Team All-Region honor to a long list of accolades in her career. The junior was also a Second Team All-Region recipient last year as a sophomore, and joins Sara Strickland as the only two-time All-Region award winners in program history. Ranieri is also a three-time All-League honoree, earning First Team recognition each of the past two seasons, and was the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2014.