The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that 389 student-athletes from 164 programs have received 2018 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades.
These awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-American squads.
Earning recognition from the University of Evansville softball team were Eryn Gould and Morgan Florey. Gould was named a utility player to the Mideast Region First Team while Florey was named as a pitcher to the Mideast Region Second Team. This marks the first time the Purple Aces have had two players recognized on the All-Region Team since 2006 when Alicia Laraway and Brittany Herald earned Second Team accolades.
“This is an exciting day for our program to have two players recognized on the NFCA All-Region Team,” UE head coach Mat Mundell said. The accolades continue to come in for Eryn. She had one of best offensive season ever for a player at UE, let alone a freshmen.”
“Morgan continues to improve every season for us in the circle. This recognition helps to validate the season she had,” Mundell added. “The big thing for us is we have both players coming back to help lead us next year. It's been awhile since UE had two All-Region players. We hope to carry this momentum going forward.”
Gould, who was the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, completed the season batting .377, one of the top five averages in the league. She also led the Valley with 13 doubles.
Florey set the Evansville program record with 303 strikeouts, becoming just one of six in the history of the MVC to reach the 300-strikeout mark. She set a career mark with 26 strikeouts this season against Southern Illinois, the 3rd-highest total in NCAA history.