WUSTL Softball Lands Five on NFCA All-Midwest Region Team
NFCA ALL-MIDWEST REGION TEAM
St. Louis, Mo., May 11, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had five student-athletes named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Team, as announced Wednesday by the Association.
Senior pitcher/infielder Claire Voris and freshman outfielder Maggie Mullen were named to the first team, while junior outfielder Alyssa Abramoski and junior shortstop Corissa Santos earned second-team honors. Sophomore Ashley Janssen was the third Washington University outfielder to earn all-region honors, being named to the third team.
Voris, who earned first-team all-region honors for the third-straight season, is 15-4 this season on the mound with a 2.17 earned run average, and leads the conference with 184 strikeouts. At the plate, she is hitting a career-best .403 with five home runs and 33 RBIs. Voris is a four-time University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, including two-time MVP, and a 2009 NFCA second-team All-American.
Mullen, a first-team all-UAA honoree, leads the Bears in her rookie season in batting average (.443), hits (58), home runs (nine) and RBIs (49). She is ranked in the top-five in six offensive categories in the UAA, and is 38th in NCAA Division III in RBIs per game (1.17) and 48th in home runs. Mullen has made 41 starts as a freshman, with a team-best 14 multiple-RBI and 19 multiple-hit games.
Abramoski, who earned first-team all-UAA honors, has had a breakout junior season hitting .405 and ranks in the top five in the conference in seven offensive categories. She is first in the UAA in triples (seven) and runs scored (45), second in total bases (95), third in hits (53) and slugging percentage (.725) and fourth in doubles (13). Abramoski, whose seven triples are fifth most in NCAA Division III, has hit safely in 32 of 42 starts and has 10-multiple RBI and 17 multiple-hit games.
Santos, who earned second-team all-Midwest Region for the second-consecutive season, has started all 42 games for the Bears. A first-team all-UAA selection, she is hitting .372 with seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 29 RBIs. Santos has committed just six errors in 264.1 innings played this season at shortstop.
Janssen has started 34 games for the Bears in the outfield, and is hitting .430 from her leadoff spot. She has also walked 11 times this season and leads the team with a .487 on-base percentage. Janssen has 14 multiple-hit games and enters the NCAA Tournament riding a nine-game hitting streak.
The Washington University in St. Louis softball team received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship, and will play in the eight-team Midwest Regional on Thursday through Monday, May 12-16, at Central College in Pella, Iowa. The fourth-seeded Bears face No. 5 seed Fontbonne University on Thursday at Noon.