St. Louis, Mo., May 15, 2017 — The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had three student-athletes named to the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Team, as announced Monday by the Association.
Mehrle is 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 2017 NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.
Mehrle, the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Hitter of the Year, started all 41 games in left field and hit .411 with two homeruns and 43 RBIs. She led the conference in doubles (17), RBIs, hits (60) and total bases (85), and was tops on the team with 11 multiple-RBI and 20 multiple-hit games.
Mehrle was a first-team all-UAA selection and selected as the Fastpitch News National Hitter of the Week on March 21. She was also a two-time UAA Hitter of the Week honoree. Mehrle ranks first in school history in hits (229), batting average (.429) and triples (13), and is a three-time all-UAA and all-region honoree.
Arends, a first-team all-UAA honoree, started all 41 games at shortstop and hit a team-high .418 with one homerun and 31 RBIs. She was first in the UAA in triples (3) and third in RBIs (31) and hits (58). Arends was also second on the squad with 18 multiple-hit games. Arends is a two-time all-UAA selection, and earned UAA Hitter of the Week honors three times this season.
McKee, the UAA Pitcher of the Year, posted a 17-4 record with a 1.70 earned run average with six shutouts and 16 complete games. She ranked first in the UAA in six categories: shutouts, wins, complete games, appearances (30), innings pitched (148.2) and strikeouts (162). McKee was a first-team all-UAA selection and named the Fastpitch News National Pitcher of the Week on May 2. She was also a four-time UAA Pitcher of the Week honoree.
WashU finished the 2017 season with a 27-14 overall record under first-year head coach Michelle Venturella, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Bears were also the 2017 UAA Champion.