Forbes Named NFCA All-Central Region Third Team

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

Outfielder Haley Hayden, outfielder Aleah Craighton, and shortstop DJ sanders received NFCA All-Central Region First Team honors, while catcher Lexie Comeaux was a second team selection, and pitcher Alex Stewart received third-team honors.

Riley Sartain and Samantha Show were named to the first team, while Kaitlyn Alderink, Lexi Smith, Ashley Walters and Tori Vidales earned second team accolades.

No. 5 Arizona (West) and No. 11 James Madison (Northeast) were the only programs to have all eight of their nominations gain recognition with the Dukes claiming seven on the first team. The Illini totaled three first-team plaudits.

Prior to her NFCA honor, Burnett was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and was a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award. In the circle, the East Bernard, Texas, native holds a 17-6 record with a 1.87 ERA and 110 strikeouts.

The Big 12 Player of the Year, Knighten has been OU's biggest run producer this year, leading the team with 55 runs batted in, a figure that also leads the Big 12 and is 21stnationally.

Louisiana, who is 45-6 on the season, is set to make its 19th consecutive appearance, and 27th overall in the past 28 seasons, in the NCAA Softball Tournament Friday-Sunday, May 19-21 at the Baton Rouge Regional. Starting every game at third base, Alldredge is now hitting.362 and is second on the team in RBI and home runs with 40 and 10, respectively.

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In her three seasons in a Samford uniform, Maze's.387 career average is the best in school history.

Mendes' inclusion marks the third straight year that an OU freshman has been on the First Team.

Alderink, who was started in every game at second base, is second on the team with a.335 batting average and tops the team with 55 hits.

Pendley and Romero earned Second-Team honors for the second time in their respective careers.

Pendley leads the team and conference in home runs with 13 on the year. The everyday centerfielder, she also ranks second in the league in home runs per game (0.22), third in RBI per game (0.86) and total bases (106) and fifth in slugging (.586). She owns a.370 batting average with 44 runs scored, 20 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

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