May 25, 2017--Mount St. Mary's senior Rachel Heinze (Charlotte Hall, Md.) has added another postseason award, this time collecting Second Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) at the catcher position. It is the second consecutive season that Heinze has been named Second Team All-ECAC.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Heinze was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year while also earning First Team All-NEC honors at the catcher position. Last week, she garnered Third Team All-Region Honors at catcher from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Heinze had a monster senior season, hitting .407 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs, 49 RBI and 56 runs scored. She led the NEC in hitting (.407) while she was second in home runs (17) and third in RBI (49), runs scored (56) and doubles (15). She also led the NEC in both slugging percentage (.860) and on-base percentage (.492) while hitting .378 in 16 NEC games this year.
In addition to becoming the first Mountaineer to win NEC Player of the Year honors, Heinze is the first Mount player to earn First Team All-NEC honors in consecutive seasons. Last year, she was named First Team All-NEC at the utility position while also collecting the league's Most Improved Player award. She also joins Liz Christiansen as the only Mount players to earn First Team All-League honors two times in their career.
Heinze finished her career at the Mount as the all-time leader in home runs (43), runs scored (128), RBI (121) and total bases (327) while she is second in slugging percentage (.690) and doubles (35), third in hits (157), sixth in batting average (.331) and sixth in stolen bases (32). She set the Mount's single-season record for home runs with 19 last year, while her 56 runs scored and 129 total bases this season are new school records.