June 27, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball player Amber Steinhardt was today named to the 2013 University Division All-State Softball team by the North Carolina Intercollegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). Steinhardt was named to the second team as a utility player.
Steinhardt, a senior in the 2013, saw action in right field, first base and in the pitching circle during the year. She played in 55 games and started 54, making nine appearances as pitcher and starting three, on the mound with a 2-1 record. Steinhardt ranked third on the team with a .270 batting average, third on the team in hits with 40. She recorded four doubles, five homeruns and 20 RBI. Her solo homerun against No. 2 seeded College of Charleston in the first round of the 2013 Southern Conference Championships propelled the Catamounts to a 3-1 win over the Cougars.
Steinahrdt ended her career ranked fifth in the Catamount record books for hits with 137 and fourth for doubles with 25. As a pitcher, the Lantana, Fla. Native, ranked second in the record books for career wins as a pitcher with 26 and fifth for strikeouts with 134.
Steinhardt is the seventh Catamount softball player to earn NCCSA all-state honors since the awards inception in 2005. The trio of Ashley Adams, Allyson McCubbins and Heather Pritchard were the first Catamount softball players to be honored by the NCCSIA. In 2006. The following year, 2007, Stephanie Beatty was honored. Mollie Fowler is the only Catamount softball player to garner the award doing so twice, in 2008 and 2009. Erin Foster was recognized after the 2012 season.
Twenty-two players representing nine different North Carolina universities were named to the 2012-13 NCCSIA University Division All-State Teams. UNCG (Raeanne Hank, Katelyn Bedwell, Aisha Figueroa and Lindsay Thomas), Appalachian State (Allie Cashion), and Elon (Tomeka Watson and Carleigh Nestor) represented the SoCon on the first team. Steinardt joined Alissa Schoelkopf (Appalachian State), and Heather Robb (UNCG) on the second team from league schools.
Nominees for the annual all-state awards were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals with NCCSIA members voting on the 22-member team, naming four squads between men and women in both the college and University (NCAA Division I) levels.