Accolades continue for Heinze
Mount St. Mary’s University junior Rachel Heinze, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduate from Charlotte Hall, has been named first team All-Northeast Conference and the conference’s Most Improved Player.
Heinze had a record-breaking season for the Mountaineers, leading the team with a .347 batting average, 44 runs scored, 12 doubles, 19 home runs, 40 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Heinze’s 19 home runs smashed both the Mount’s and the NEC’s single-season record for homers. The previous NEC mark was 16 set by Wagner’s Andrea Lazzari (2009), while the Mount record of 11 was set by Liz Christiansen in 2010. Heinze is currently sixth in the nation in both home runs (19) and home runs per game (0.38).
After hitting .278 with six home runs and 19 RBIs as a sophomore, Heinze improved those numbers to .347 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs this year to earn the NEC Most Improved Player Award. Heinze split time between catcher and outfield this season, and was named first team AllNEC at the utility position. She is the first Mount player to earn first team All-NEC honors since Christiansen in 2012.
The Mount finished the 2016 season 15-35 overall and in sixth place in the NEC with a 6-10 league record.
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