Moulton and Richardson Earn NFCA First Team All-Region Honors
May 16, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The honors continue to mount for the University of Minnesota's softball program, as junior pitcher Sara Moulton and sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson earned First Team All-Great Lakes Region accolades and sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker was on the second team, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday.
It marks the first time Minnesota has had a first team all-region selection since Stephanie Sward earned NCAA First Team All-Mideast Region as an outfielder during 2005. Moulton, Richardson and Walker all earned First Team All-Big Ten this season.
It's the second time that Moulton has earned all-region honors, as she was second team during her freshman season in 2011. Moulton enters this weekend's Seattle Regional with a record of 31-10, an earned run average of 1.53, 26 complete games, 13 shutouts, and 279 strikeouts in 255.2 innings pitched.
Richardson leads the Golden Gophers and is among the Top 25 nationally with a .440 (62-for-141) batting average and a .560 on base percentage. She also leads Minnesota with 41 runs batted in, a .730 slugging percentage and 34 walks, while ranking second on the team for hits, runs scored (34), doubles (11), and home runs (10).
Walker is batting .393 (68-for-173) and leads the team in hits, runs scored (51), doubles (15), triples (2) and home runs (12), while ranking second for batting average, slugging percentage (.711), on base percentage (.475) and stolen bases (20).
Minnesota (35-17) is making its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2003. The Gophers are seeded third at the Seattle Regional and will open play on Friday against second-seeded Hawai'i (43-11) at 5:30 p.m. CT.