KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Recent Kutztown University graduate Sara Keeny of the Golden Bears’ softball team is in elite company as one of the best players to come through the program in its illustrious history. Keeny was voted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America First Team, as announced at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet on Wednesday evening.
Keeny is Kutztown softball’s first All-American since 2012, when Samantha Derr was also named to the First Team, and 12th in program history.
Fifty-one student-athletes from 38 different institutions were chosen to one of three 2019 NFCA Division II All-America teams.
Keeny, a Warminster, Pennsylvania native, received NFCA All-Atlantic Region honors for the fourth straight season, but was a First Team selection for the first time in her career. She shattered former career-highs in most offensive categories this season on her way to one of the best hitting seasons in the program’s 44-year history. Prior to the start of the NCAA Division II Championship tournament, Keeny led the nation in hits (100), while ranking fifth in batting average (.518), seventh in total bases (132), ninth in on base percentage (.561), 10th in triples (seven) and 11th in stolen bases (45).
Keeny is a four-time All-PSAC East selection and a three-time NFCA All-Atlantic Region honoree. She was recently voted PSAC East Athlete of the Year, backing her batting average, hit and stolen base totals with 62 runs scored, 15 doubles, 29 RBIs, 23 walks, .684 slugging percentage and .955 fielding percentage in 56 games. Keeny is Kutztown’s career hits leader with 289 and holds a share of the program’s triples record with 14. She also ranks second in batting average (.440) and stolen bases (134), third in runs scored (172), fifth in total bases (348), seventh in walks (62) and eighth in at-bats (657).
Kutztown finished its season with a 36-20 overall record, the ninth-most wins in program history. They went 3-2 in the PSAC Tournament, defeating Edinboro, Bloomsburg and West Chester, and finished third.