Cotton Becomes Capital Softball’s Fifth All-American

Cotton Becomes Capital Softball’s Fifth All-American

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This past week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced this year's class of All-America performers which includes Capital University's LeAnna Cotton. Cotton becomes the fifth Capital Softball player to be named an All-American to solidify a stellar senior campaign.

The Crusaders softball program is now home to five different student-athletes that have garnered All-American status. Over the respective careers of this group of elite players, they have earned a total of 10 All-America awards. The last Crusader to be named All-America was current assistant coach Devan Boggs in 2013 when she was named First Team All-America. Cotton joins a group of elite Capital softball players that includes Boggs, Lindsay Shepard, Amanda Carroll, and four-time All-American Cassie Cunningham.

Cotton was selected as a Second Team All-American after a senior season in which she broke records and filled her personal trophy case with multiple accolades. Following the end of the season, Cotton was named First Team All-OAC, Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Central Region. Her first team all-region status allowed her to be considered for All-America status.

In 2015, Cotton broke the Capital and OAC records for single-season runs batted in, driving home 72 runs over the course of the season. She also broke the program record for doubles in a season (17) while setting new career highs in hits (61), and runs (34). Cotton also either shared or held the conference lead in home runs (10) and batting average (.459).

The milestone honor caps off a fantastic career in which Cotton batted .357, started 147 of the 156 games she played in, recorded 159 hits, 33 doubles, three triples, and finished inside the top-5 in Capital's record books for home runs (28, t-2nd) and runs batted in (144, 4th).

Over her career, she has helped Capital to a four-year overall record of 105 wins and 62 losses and over 40 wins in conference play. In 2013, the Crusaders won the OAC regular season title, advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament and earned a win in the first round. This past season, Capital finished second in the OAC behind a 28-14 overall record and 14-4 OAC ledger, good for the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. She was also named to the 2015 OAC Softball All-Tournament Team following its conclusion.