Two PSU Softball student-athletes earn NFCA All-Region honors

Two PSU Softball student-athletes earn NFCA All-Region honors

Deyo, Miller selected to All-Northeast Region Third Team

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two standouts from the Plymouth State University softball team garnered national recognition after earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region team honors on Wednesday.

            Junior utility player Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) were both selected to the All-Northeast Region Third Team following superb seasons. The duo were the only representatives of the Little East Conference (LEC).

            Deyo, who was named LEC Player of the Year last week, was an impactful addition to the roster after finishing in the top ten of nearly every offensive category in the Little East. She finished second in hits (47), fourth in batting average (.370), fifth in RBI (26), sixth in on base percentage (.438) and total bases (66), seventh in runs scored (27) and triples (2), eighth in slugging percentage (.520) and walks (13) and ninth in home runs (3).

            The All-LEC First Team selection spent time at first base, second base, third base and catcher and appeared in all 41 contests, registering at least one hit in 31 games while notching 15 multi-hit games.

            Miller dominated the Little East on her way to LEC Pitcher of the Year honors after posting a 16-8 mark. She added a school-record five saves, the third highest total in all of NCAA Division III. Her 1.64 ERA was in the top 50 in the nation and the lowest in the Little East. She also led the league in wins (16), saves (5), appearances (31), shutouts (5) and strikeouts (106), while finishing second in innings pitched (158.1), starts (23) and complete games (17). She had the third lowest batting average against in the league (.226), surrendered the fourth fewest hits (135) and eighth fewest walks (31), and recorded the eighth most strikeouts per game (4.69).

            Also an All-LEC First Teamer, Miller fired her first career no-hitter in an elimination game of the LEC tournament.

            Plymouth State finished the year with a 26-15 record, recording the most wins since the 2003 team went 30-9. The Panthers earned back-to-back LEC regular season titles and advanced to the championship game for the second straight year under 15-year head coach Bruce Addison.

            All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions.




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