Washington U. Softball Has Four Named to NFCA All-Midwest Region Team
ALL-MIDWEST REGION TEAM
St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had four student-athletes named to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Team, as announced by the Association.
Senior outfielder Ashley Janssen, junior outfielder Maggie Mullen, and junior utility player Kelsey Neal each earned second-team all-Midwest Region honors, while junior first baseman Stacy Berg picked up third- team accolades.
Janssen earned second-team all-Midwest honors for the first time in her career after picking up honorable-mention accolades as a sophomore. A second-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree, Janssen emerged as one of the top leadoff hitters in the conference with a .451 batting average in 45 starts. She recorded 20 multiple-hit games this season, and reached base in the final 36 games. Janssen ranked in the top-three in the conference in five offensive categories: first in hits (69), second in batting average (.451) and on-base percentage (.451), and third in walks (21) and runs scored (41).
Mullen earned second-team honors after garnering first-team all-Midwest Region accolades her first two seasons. She batted .374 with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 45 starts as a junior. A first-team all-UAA honoree for the third-straight season, Mullen was second in the UAA in runs scored (43), fourth in total bases (88), slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.463) and ninth in batting average (.374). She had eight multiple-RBI and 13 multiple-hit games in 2013.
Neal, a first-team all-UAA honoree who earned all-region accolades for the first time in her career, started all 45 games and hit .349 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 55 RBIs. Neal ranked in the top-10 in the UAA in four offensive categories – second in doubles (15), RBIs (55) and sacrifice flies (4) and third in total bases (91). She finished the season with 13 multiple-hit and 14 multiple-RBI games.
Berg picked up all-region accolades for the second time in her career after earning second-team all-New England Region honors as a freshman at Brandeis University. A second-team all-UAA honoree, Berg batted .318 this season with seven doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs. She ranked fourth in the conference in both home runs and RBIs. Berg tied a UAA record with three home runs vs. Brandeis (3/15) at the UAA Championship Tournament.
Washington University finished the 2013 season with a 31-14 overall record, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the last 12 years. The Bears also placed second in the UAA with a 5-3 mark.