Dana Gandolfo became Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s first NAIA All-American softball player since the program began in 2001. Gandolfo was recently named a First-Team 2009 NAIA All-American.
“Dana is the first All-American we have had here,” remarked head softball coach Cody Hooper. “She fits the Northwestern softball mold. Dana is a good kid, student and player. Every award she gets is a testament to her hard work and dedication. The groundwork of all our former players, and what they have done to help build this program, has earned us the chance to recruit players like Dana.”
Gandolfo, a 5-11 junior outfielder from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, finished her second season for the Rangers. She led Northwestern in batting average (.432), hits (64), runs batted in (54), triples (5), slugging percentage (.750) and on-base percentage (.485). Gandolfo set a new record for batting average in a season with her .432 average and tops the category for most runs batted in during a season with 54. She struck out only four times in 148 at bats and had 10 doubles and nine home runs.
Gandolfo was also a first-team Sooner Athletic Conference outfielder for the second consecutive season.
2009 NAIA Softball All-Americans
Posted on Wed, June 10, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt