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Eagles' Nearad repeats as NFCA National Player of the Year
Softball - Wed, Jun. 14, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kirkwood Eagles' Taylor Nearad, who led the team to a nation-best 55 wins, has won the Schutt Sports/NFCA Junior College National Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row, the NFCA announced yesterday.

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.

A sophomore outfielder from nearby Solon, Iowa, Nearad helped the Eagles finish with an overall record of 55-6 by leading the nation in hits (112), doubles (35), and runs (106), along with a .516 batting average and 1.014 slugging percentage. She hit 19 home runs and accumulated 80 RBIs, good enough for fourth and sixth in the nation, respectively.

Nearad swept the Region XI awards by winning both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

In 125 career games with the Eagles, Nearad had a batting average of .561 with 257 hits, 66 doubles, 19 triples, 49 home runs, 209 RBIs and 220 runs scored. She shattered the program's career batting average and records by .63 points and 92 base knocks, respectively. Nearad also broke the career home run mark when she hit her 46th career home run in a 20-0 victory over Southwestern on May 3.

Nearad will be continuing her academic and athletic career next season for the Cyclones of Iowa State.