May 19, 2011

Three Tigers Earn NFCA All-Region Honors

Starkville, Miss. - For the first time since the 2007 season, the Pacific softball team placed three members on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region teams, as selected by NFCA member coaches in the region. Earning the awards were sophomores Nikki Armagost and Megan Hom and freshman Kelsey Rodriguez who each earned second team honors.

The Pacific region consists of 21 teams out of the Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, Pacific Coast and WAC.

The reigning Big West Player of the Year, Armagost earned her first all-region honors as a pitcher/utility player in her second year of collegiate play. Armagost put together a stellar sophomore campaign in which she led the Tigers in the circle with a 19-9 overall record while hitting .374 at the plate. Hitting in the heart of the order, Armagost racked up 45 RBI while scoring 35 runs as well. Against teams in the Pacific region, Armagost went 24-for-60 (.400) with two home runs, 18 RBI and 15 runs. In the circle, Armagost was 10-3 with a 2.24 ERA and a .227 batting average against.

For Hom, the sophomore center fielder took home her first regional honor after earning her second straight All-Big West First Team award. At the plate, Hom posted a .377 average while tallying a conference-best 69 hits. Hom's 69 hits ranks as the fourth most in Pacific single-season history while she stands to become just the third Tiger to ever record 70 hits in a season as the Tigers head into NCAA Regional play. She added 42 runs and 20 RBI while leading off for the Tigers historically potent offense. Against the region, Hom was even more impressive as she went 31-for-69 (.449) while scoring a team-best 20 runs.

Becoming the first Tiger freshman to earn all-region honors since all-time greats Gina Carbonatto and Jennifer Curtier earned the award in 2004, Rodriguez took home second team honors as a utility/designated player. The reigning Big West Freshman Player of the Year, Rodriguez put together an epic inaugural campaign after leading the conference in hitting with a .395 average. Despite starting 10 less games than her contemporaries in the Big West, Rodriguez still posted 51 hits, eighth most in the Big West, while driving in 25 runs and scoring 24 more. Nearly impossible to retire when playing against Pacific region foes, Rodriguez led the Tigers with a .472 average while posting a .565 on-base percentage. She added eight RBI and nine runs while tallying one home run and three doubles. 

For a full list of NFCA All-Region players go to www.NFCA.org