May 21, 2010

Saints Lead Country in NFCA All-Region Selections

Complete All-Region Teams

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team was once again talked about around the country on Thursday evening as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released the 2010 All-Region teams.

North Georgia led the country with five first-team selections in Sarah Phillips, Laura Voyles, Leslee Smith, Katherine Martin, and Lauren Dykes, while Pilar Harden was named to the Southeast Region second-team.

Currently the nation’s leader in wins at 41-0, Phillips has been named first-team NFCA All-Region for the second straight year after earning All-American honors in 2009. She is only undefeated pitcher in the country with more than 10 decisions as the junior is leading top-ranked and unbeaten North Georgia into the NCAA Southeast Super Regionals this weekend. She has a 0.81 earned run average in 268.0 innings of work, and has recorded 263 strikeouts, while opponents are hitting .166 against the right-hander.

As the leadoff hitter for the Saints, Laura Voyles has played and started all 48 games for the Saints this season, hitting .338 with 50 runs scored, 33 runs batted in, and 11 home runs. She has an on-base percentage of .469 with 11 multiple hit games, and eight games with multiple runs batted in, including one of four performances this season on the team with five RBI in a single game.

Leslee Smith continues to be one of the premier power hitters in the Southeast as the senior is hitting .343 with 12 home runs, 54 runs batted in, and 26 runs scored. As a 2009, and now 2010 First-Team All-Region Performer, Smith has just nine strikeouts on the year in 140 at-bats, while recording a slugging percentage of .714.

As arguably the best defensive first-basemen in the country, Katherine Martin has emerged offensively and defensively for the Saints, hitting .363 with 33 runs scored, and 24 runs batted in, while the freshman has committed just three errors for a .990 fielding percentage.

Lauren Dykes is leading the No. 1 team in the country in batting average as the true freshman is hitting .391 with four home runs, 41 runs scored, and 27 runs batted in. Dykes has 13 stolen bases on the year, and an on base percentage of .421 as the Dallas, Ga., native had a team-high 11-game hitting streak during the season.  

Pilar Harden emerges on the second-team this season after hitting .316 with five home runs, six doubles, and 26 runs batted in for the Saints. She has eight multiple hit games, seven multiple RBI games, and a perfect fielding percentage in center field with two assist and 43 putouts.

NFCA member coaches in each of the eight regions select the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region teams and all honorees are now eligible to be selected to one of three All-American teams.

The 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American teams will be announced at the 2010 NCAA Banquet of Champions at the Fulkerson Center on the campus of Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Mo., on Wednesday night, May 26. The entire list of 2010 All-Americans, and its accompanying release, will be placed on NFCA.org later that evening.

North Georgia (48-0) will put their undefeated mark on the line this Friday night as they welcome Lenoir-Rhyne (53-7) to town for the best of three weekend set in the NCAA Southeast Super Regionals for the right to play in the 2010 NCAA Division II College World Series.

 

Southeast Region - First Team


Pos.

Name

School

P

Sarah Phillips North Georgia

P

Sarah DeMuth Augusta State

C

Sarah Atkins Lenoir-Rhyne

1B

Katherine Martin North Georgia

2B

Laura Voyles North Georgia

3B

Jelena Shaw UNC Pembroke

SS

Kat Rivers Lenoir-Rhyne

OF

Lauren Dykes North Georgia

OF

Brittany Cherry Lenoir-Rhyne

OF

LaRonda McClain Wingate

DP

Leslie Smith North Georgia

UT/Pitcher

Shelby Duff Armstrong Atlantic

UT/Non-Pitcher

Larissa Shannon Erskine

 

 

Southeast Region - Second Team


Pos.

Name

School

P

Dawon Millwood Lenoir-Rhyne

P (Tie)

Alex Smith Lenoir-Rhyne

P (Tie)

Amanda Huckstein Newberry

C

Rocky Hemmer Columbus State

1B

Courtney Davis Erskine

2B

April Jowers Armstrong Atlantic

3B

Bailee Temples Armstrong Atlantic

SS

Jessie Howard Carson-Newman

OF

Pilar Harden North Georgia

OF

Aissa Gatewood Newberry

OF

Kristen Jones Augusta State

DP

Ashley Duckworth Lenoir-Rhyne

UT/Pitcher

Michaela Wolf Francis Marion