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Six Alfred University softball players earn NFCA all-region honors
5/17/10

ALFRED, NY — Six members of the Alfred University softball team have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Northeast Region all-stars.

Three of the players — sophomore utility player Nicole Hedrick (Albany, NY/Catholic Central), freshman catcher Emily Fenton (Thorofare, NJ/West Deptford) and sophomore outfielder Angela Netta (Rahway, NJ/Mother Seton Regional) — were named First Team all-region and will be considered for NFCA All-American recognition.

Junior pitcher Chelsey Cary (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) and sophomore third baseman Molly Shepherd (Camillus, NY/West Genesee) were named to the all-region Second Team and senior shortstop Jesika LeBarron (Campbell, NY/Corning West) was named to the Third Team.

The Saxons, Empire 8 Conference co-champs, recently wrapped up the year with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Regional in Ithaca. The team, making its first ever NCAA appearance finished 37-8, with the 37 wins shattering the school single-season of 27 set last year.

Hedrick, the Empire 8 Player of the Year, led the team in batting (.429), on-base percentage (/465), slugging (.721), and homeruns (9) and also had 32 RBIs (second on the team) and 12 doubles (third). She set new school single-season records in runs (46), hits (66) and stolen bases (25). As a pitcher, Hedrick went 19-4 (the 19 wins are a new school single-season mark) with a 1.32 ERA and 116 strikeouts. Her 31 pitching wins in two seasons is tied for the all-time AU record.

Fenton, the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, batted .328 with 41 hits, 22 runs, and 28 RBIs. Her 14 doubles ranked second on the team and her four homeruns ranked third. She had a slugging percentage of .536 and an on-base percentage of .343. Fenton was solid behind the plate, throwing out 40 percent (12 of 30) of runners attempting to steal and picking off five runners.

Netta, an Empire 8 First Team all-star in her first season as a starter, batted .378 (second on the team) with 45 hits (third) and 28 runs. She had three homeruns and 20 RBIs, a .487 slugging percentage, a .415 on-base percentage, and stole eighth bases in nine attempts. Netta posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in leftfield, with three outfield assists.

Cary, a First Team Empire 8 all-star, finished the year with an 18-3 record and 1.09 earned run average. Her 138 strikeouts set a new school single-season record and her six shutouts tied the school mark. Among her shutouts were two no-hitters, thrown during Alfred’s spring trip to Florida. Earlier in the year, she set the school career record for shutouts (currently 11) and also tied the school single-game record for strikeouts (12, vs. D’Youville).

Shepherd batted .359, third on the team, and set a school single-season record for doubles (15). She had 52 hits (second on the team and third on Alfred’s all–time single season list), scored 38 runs (second on the team and second all-time at AU), and drove in 26. Shepherd had two triples and three homeruns, slugged .552 (second on the team) and had an on-base percentage of .405. She earned honorable mention from the Empire 8.

LeBarron earned NFCA regional recognition for the third time in her career; she was a First Team pick in 2009 and a Third Team selection in 2008. LeBarron batted .333 with 41 hits (including five homeruns, second on the team), 30 runs and 30 RBIs, and had a slugging percentage of .537 and on-base percentage of .434 (second on the team). She finished her AU career with school records for hits (171), batting average (.373), homeruns (23), RBIs (123), runs (103), doubles (35).