Radford senior shortstop Nichole Beall capped off a record-breaking career on Wednesday afternoon earning National FastPitch Association All-American honors when she was named to the third team as an at-large/shortstop selection. Beall is the program's first All-American and the ninth individual at Radford to garner this honor at the Division I level.
The two-time Big South Player of the Year is the fourth League player to earn All-American status, the first since Lisa Kingsmore (2008), and the fifth selection overall. Beall also becomes the fifth Radford female student-athlete to obtain this accolade, joining former Highlanders Tiffany Evans (Track& Field/2006), Kadijah Conda (Track & Field/2000) Sue Williams (Women's Soccer/1993) and Stephanie Howard (WBB/1986-1989) in the University's annals.
Beall, whose name is littered all over the record books, became the first Highlander to be named player of the year twice and earn First-Team All-League accolades all four years. She was also the eighth Big South player to earn four first-team nods, and just the third to do so since the League started recognizing two teams (1994). For the season, Beall led Radford with a .340 batting average, 51 runs, 14 doubles and 13 home runs. She also walked 30 times, swiped 31 bases in 32 attempts, slugged .698 and recorded a .478 on base percentage.
Starting every contest (225), whether at third, second or shortstop since her first game as a Highlander, Beall first obtained the home run record on March 2 and finished with 52, the second most in Big South history. As the season progressed, she also moved to the top in doubles (53/tie), RBI (158/tie), walks (96), slugging (.686), on base percentage (.442), total bases (459) and consecutive starts (225). She also finished in the top-five in runs (2nd/177), hits (5th/232), batting average (3rd/.347), triples (t5th/9), hit by pitches (2nd/24), sacrifice flies (3rd/7), stolen bases (3rd/79) and assists (4th/401).
In addition to the five Highlander females, Dante Washington (Men's Soccer/1990), Brian Richotte (Track & Field/2005 & 2006), Kyle Morse (Track & Field/2008 & 2010) and Art Parakhouski (MBB/2009 & 2010) gained All-American status representing the red and white.