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.
|Great Lakes Region||First Team|
|P||Laura Winter||University of Notre Dame|
|P||Sara Moulton||University of Minnesota|
|C||Whitney Massey||University of Wisconsin|
|1B||Alicja Wolny||University of Louisville|
|2B||Katie Keller||University of Louisville|
|3B||Kaitlyn Richardson||University of Minnesota|
|SS||Sierra Romero||University of Michigan|
|OF||Emilee Koerner||University of Notre Dame|
|OF||Cassidy Bell||Pennsylvania State University|
|OF||Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State University|
|UT/P||Kirsten Verdun||DePaul University|
|DP/UT-Non-P||Mary Connolly||DePaul University|
|Great Lakes Region||Second Team|
|P||Sara Driesenga||University of Michigan|
|P||Cassandra Darrah||University of Wisconsin|
|P||Devin Miller||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|P||Nicole Sleith||Robert Morris University|
|C||Maggie Ruckenbrod||University of Louisville|
|1B||Caitlin Blanchard||University of Michigan|
|2B||Ashley Lane||University of Michigan|
|3B||Lauren Moore||Loyola University|
|SS||Tyler Walker||University of Minnesota|
|OF||Mary Massei||University of Wisconsin|
|OF||Macy Merchant||Central Michigan University|
|OF||Kat Malcolm||Central Connecticut State University|
|UT/P||Amy Letourneau||Northwestern University|
|DP/UT-Non-P||Chrissy Montez||St. John's University|
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