LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released its 2019 Division III All-Region teams on Wednesday afternoon. The NFCA honored 364 different student-athletes spread across eight different regions, as the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) landed six honorees in the New England Region, representing Eastern Nazarene College, Lesley University, Newbury College and New England College.
Eastern Nazarene senior Lauren Clements and junior Elisabeth Schaffer were named to the NFCA All-New England second team.
Schaffer repeats as an NFCA All-New England second team honoree while Clements picks up her first career all-region nod.
The duo played vital roles in the Lions' historic 2019 campaign which yielded the program's first-ever NECC championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
Clements was named the NECC Player of the Year this spring after claiming Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year honors last season. Schaffer collected NECC Pitcher of the Year accolades this year for her second conference Pitcher of the Year award.
An All-NECC first team pick, Clements led the squad with a .451 batting average, .811 slugging percentage, and .514 on-base percentage this season. She drove in a team-high 43 RBIs while notching 55 base hits, including a conference-best 11 homers. Clements added 23 runs scored and was one of five players in appear in all 44 contests this spring. Behind the dish, Clements posted an unblemished fielding percentage of 1.000.
An All-NECC first team selection, Schaffer racked up a program-record 266 strikeouts to rank third nationally in 2019. She paced NCAA Division III with 14 shutouts and ranked second with 25 victories in the pitcher's circle. Schaffer tossed 198.2 innings and finished with a 1.27 earned-run average to go with a 25-7 record. The junior went the distance in all 30 starts this season while also making two relief appearances.
Clements and Schaffer powered Eastern Nazarene to a 29-15 record in 2019, setting a new single-season program record for wins. The Lions finished their first season in the NECC with a 14-2 mark to grab the top seed in the NECC Tournament.
Eastern Nazarene was selected to its first-ever NCAA Tournament this spring and posted the program's first NCAA Tournament win along the way. Clements and Schaffer were both named to the NCAA Tournament Cambridge Regional all-tournament team.
Lesley sophomore Jordan Day (Seminole, FL.), landed on the All-New England Region First Team as a Designated Player. Last season, Day was selected to the All-New England Region Third Team.
Day led the Lynx in nearly every statistical category. The sophomore has racked up a .578 batting average as well as 78 hits, 51 runs scored, 15 doubles, nine home runs, 45 RBI's, a .904 slugging percentage, .597 on-base percentage, and 122 total bases on the season.
In terms of conference, Day set single season records in the NECC in overall hits and batting average. Meanwhile, Day's overall total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage were enough for the second most all-time in a single season. Day also placed top five in runs scored and RBI's in a single season from an NECC athlete overall.
Amongst the New England Region, Day ranks high in many statistical categories. Day holds a top ten ranking in: hits (1st), batting average (1st), on-base percentage (1st), slugging percentage (1st), runs (1st), runs scored per game, 1.28 (1st), toughest to strikeout, 1.000 (1st), total bases (2nd), RBI's (4th), home runs (T-5th), and RBI's per game (8th).
Newbury College freshman Caroline Mahoney was selected to third team as an at-large. The rookie hit .412 with a .625 slugging percentage. Mahoney hit 11 doubles, three triples and four home runs on the season.
From New England College, Daelyn Ross was named to the second team, while Alexa Scribner found her way on the third team.
Ross led the Pilgrims in several offensive categories, as the freshman turned out to be one of four first-year players on the All-New England Teams. The 2019 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year hit .430 on the year while leading the team in doubles (10), triples (3), home runs (10), and RBI (48).
Scribner also made her way on the 2019 NECC First Team All-Conference, broke the NEC program record for steals in a season, with 26. The speedster batted .375 on the year while having an on-base percentage of .423.
Ross and Scribner become the third and fourth members of NEC to be selected to be on an All-Region team.
The New England College softball team ended the 2019 campaign at a program record 30-8 and a 14-2 record in NECC play.
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 22 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Tyler, Texas.
Portions of this release courtesy of Eastern Nazarene, Lesley and New England College Sports Information