Wimpy named NAIA First-Team All-American
by Jason Greenberg
Jun 08, 2014 | 2056 views | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Woodland High softball player Randi Wimpy hit .577 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 30 extra-base hits her senior season for the Lady Wildcats.

With that type of production in high school, it was apparent Wimpy was going to have success in college.

On May 30, Wimpy was recognized for her success this season at Reinhardt University as the sophomore catcher was named an NAIA First-Team All-American

“There’s a lot of really good players in the division and it’s a big honor to be voted as a first-team all-American,” Wimpy said.

Wimpy led the nation and finished ninth in NAIA Division I history with 22 home runs. She finished in the top 10 nationally in nine different offensive categories, including finishing second in total bases (169), second in slugging percentage (1.000), third in RBIs (72) and fourth in runs scored (72).

After struggling in Reinhardt’s fall season, Wimpy did not anticipate producing such gaudy numbers in the spring.

“I didn’t think I’d hit over 20 [home runs] this year with the type of spring I had. I didn’t hit one home run the whole fall,” Wimpy said. “I just changed my mindset going into the spring. I didn’t try to hit home runs.

“I looked at my approach more. I had some friends on the team and we would all go and say, ‘What does the pitcher throw? She throws a screwball, curveball, riseball,’ and we changed our approach. I’ve never approached it like that. I usually just get in the box and go.”

Wimpy also was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year and was named to the NAIA Softball World Series All-Tournament Team.

In her first season at Reinhardt, Wimpy led the Lady Eagles to 46-10 record and a third-place finish in the NAIA World Series, the best in program history.

“For me, it was my first college experience in the World Series and it definitely took me for a surprise playing in the Olympic Stadium and it was a great experience,” Wimpy said. “As a team, we just took it like any other game and getting third in the nation is outstanding for all of us.”

Wimpy was concerned with her team’s poor performance in the fall and thought finishing third in the country may have been unattainable.

“I knew that there had been rumors going around that we could be the next national championship team, but Honestly, in the fall, it kind of crossed my mid that we wouldn’t make it that far,” Wimpy said. “And then when we got to the spring, it was like we were a completely different team. Then I thought we might actually have a shot at winning a national championship.”

This is Wimpy’s second first-team all-American honor after she was named an NJCAA First-team All-American in 2012 as a freshman at Walters State.

At Walter State, Wimpy hit .613 with 82 RBIs, 26 home runs, 78 runs and 25 doubles in 2012 and was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year.

She led the NJCAA in batting average, on-base percentage and was second in home runs.