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Seven SCIAC Softball Players Honored by NFCA

Seven SCIAC Softball Players Honored by NFCA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 360 players chosen for the 2017 NFCA Division III All-Region softball teams. The squad is comprised of three 15-player teams in each of the country’s eight NCAA regions.

Seven SCIAC softball student-athletes were chosen as SCIAC Pitcher of the Year Anna Gurr from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and SCIAC Athlete of the Year Alexis Schiff from La Verne earned first team honors. 

Gurr repeated as Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference in wins, saves, complete games, ERA and innings pitched. The junior picked up 14 wins and five saves on the year while posting an incredible 0.63 ERA which dropped to 0.43 in conference play. She pitched 130.1 innings of conference play while striking out 91 and only walking 14 batters. 

Schiff slammed 16 home runs, which is good for second in the nation, and hit .391/.506/.836. She drove in 43 runs and scored 43. The senior drew a total of 29 bases on balls this season, with 14 of them coming via the intentional walk.

The 2017 Newcomer of the Year Ande Troutman from CMS was named second team all-region along with Liz Rodarte from Pomona-Pitzer. 

Troutman was named the Newcomer of the Year and to the First Team after leading the conference in batting average at .433, on base percentage at .495 and hits with 39. She was also second in hits with 39 and fourth in doubles with nine on the year. Defensively, the centerfielder played errorless ball in all 28 SCIAC games. 

Rodarte finished second in the SCIAC in strikeouts with 110, and finished the season with seven wins and an ERA of 2.47. Her career strikeout total now sits at 236, third most in Sagehen history. At the plate Rodarte was just a dominant. She finished third in the conference with a .384 batting average, 43 hits, 11 doubles, and six home runs.  

Michaela Foisy and Sarah Sumida from Chapman, Olivia Leyva from Cal Lutheran earned third team all-region honors. 

Leyva started all 28 conference games for the Regals and batted primarily in the three-hole with 10 starts as the cleanup batter while leading off twice. She accumulated a .402 batting average, which was second in the league, with a team-leading 35 hits, including eight doubles, four triples (to lead the conference) and five homeruns for 66 total bases and a .759 slugging percentage that was a league-best by more than 100 points. Leyva also drove in a SCIAC-leading 30 runs and scored 17 times, both team-highs as well. 

Foisy led the Panthers with a .373 batting average and 44 hits. Her .375 record in SCIAC games ranked fourth in the conference while she ranked fifth in the SCIAC with 20 runs scored. The Discovery Bay, Calif., native stole 29 bases in her first season at Chapman, shattering the single-season school record of 22 set by Katie Dorish in 2003 and ranking second in the SCIAC. 

Sumida was another freshman force in the lineup for the Panthers to earn Second Team honors. She ranked fourth on the team with a .342 overall batting average. She led the team with six doubles and four triples this season with all four triples coming in SCIAC games and ranking second-most in the conference. 

All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First Team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 24 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.

Full All-Region Teams