Lawley Finlandia’s first All-American

HANCOCK – Finlandia softball player Alexis Lawley became the first athlete in school history to be recognized as an All-American when she was named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Third Team this week.

“What an incredible achievement. Alexis is so deserving of this honor,” said Finlandia coach Brittany Williams in a release. “She exemplified what it means to be a Lion in her two years here at Finlandia.”

“We are very proud of Alexis and all that she accomplished this season,” Williams added. “What she was able to achieve this year will continue to set an example for future student-athletes in our program.”

Lawley currently leads all Division III players in hitting with a .574 average and is in the top 10 national in slugging percentage (.970) and on-base percentage (.624)

In addition to batting average, Lawley led Finlandia in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, slugging, on-base percentage and times hit by pitch.

During Lawley’s two seasons at Finlandia, she played in 64 games, hit .503, had 99 hits, 17 homers, 73 RBI and slugged .893.

She was named player of the year in the Great South Athletic Conference and was first-team All-Region.

The announcement was made at the NCAA Division III National Championship banquet Wednesday.