Miranda Kramer named NFCA All-American

West Burlington, Iowa senior Miranda Kramer winds up on the pitching mound during the softball double header against Florida Atlantic, Saturday, April 4. Leanora Benkato/ HERALD


Miranda Kramer made one more bit of WKU history on Wednesday afternoon when she became the only Lady Topper in program history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association First-Team All-American.

Despite spending just one season as a senior transfer on the Hill, the former Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne lefty was able to muster nation leading numbers from the mound in her first season in a new program—one that was itself undergoing a move into the Conference USA.

But for Kramer and two more IPFW transfers this season, the new conference was no change, and the chance to link up again with second year WKU coach Amy Tudor (who coached at IPFW before moving to the Hill) proved a fruitful endeavor.

“(Tudor) is a mentor to me. I always go to her, she is easy to talk to and she always gives you time to learn things if you don’t understand them to help the whole team out,” Kramer said. “The day I got here I feel like we picked up right were we left off. Work outs are the exact same, and I am in my conform zone.”

Kramer tabbed a WKU record breaking 439 strikeouts this season and averaged 12.6 strikeouts per seven innings.  Kramer also led the nation in hits allowed per seven inning with a 2.88 average.   She added three no-hitters and a perfect game to her resume.

On top of the All-American honor, Kramer was also named C-USA newcomer and pitcher of the year after pulling in a league-record breaking eight C-USA pitcher of the week awards throughout the season.

“It’s a great personal accomplishment for (Kramer),” Tudor said in regards to Kramer’s conference accolades. “Her dominance on the mound just gives us the best chance to win. We were all very proud of her, and we want to just keep on rolling.”    

While the Lady Toppers finished the season in the Athens Regional final with back-to-back losses to Georgia, WKU boasted a 36-14 overall record.  Kramer’s personal mark for the season stood at 26-10. Three of those wins came from ranked opponents No. 19 Nebraska, No. 14 Tennessee and No. 16 Georgia.

As Kramer’s collegiate career draws to a close, her softball career is far from over.  This past April Kramer was the sixth overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch draft, and will find her home at the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

The Rebellion was added to the league as an expansion team in the 2014 season. Craig Montvidas will coach Kramer in Pennsylvania, having previously coached the Netherlands women’s national softball team.