LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University softball team was named First Team All-Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFPCA), as the organization announced its Division II All-Region teams Wednesday. Lavallee was selected as the First Team utility-pitcher in the east region.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's eight regions with first and second 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 II All-America squads.This year's All-Region teams are comprised of 207 student-athletes from 120 programs.
Lavallee becomes just the second player in program history to earn two First Team All-Region selections from the NFCA after finishing the regular season in the top-10 of nearly every offensive category in the Northeast-10 Conference, and in the circle, she was fifth overall in wins (16), sixth in shutouts (4) and eighth in earned run average (2.10). Lavallee currently sits second in the NE10 in home runs (12) and RBI (44), third in walks (24), and eighth in both slugging percentage (.572) and total bases (79). Her 12 home runs are a new career high and upped her four-year total to 37, which broke the program record for career home runs that previously stood at 35. Lavallee's 44 RBI are also a new career best and slot her second in program annals with 109 in nearly four full seasons, while she also has new career benchmarks in hits (39), at bats (138), runs scored (21) and walks.
Third-seeded Southern New Hampshire opens the 2018 NCAA East 2 Regional on Thursday when it takes on Pace University, the No. 6 seed, in a 2:30 p.m. tilt on the campus of Saint Anselm College.
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