Nine @ASUNSoftball Players Named NFCA All-Region

Nine @ASUNSoftball Players Named NFCA All-Region

NFCA All-Region Teams 


ATLANTA -- A total of nine ASUN Conference Softball standouts were named to All-Region Teams by the NFCA it was announced Thursday.

Liberty placed a conference-high five student-athletes on the Mid-Atlantic Team, while Lipscomb and North Alabama had representatives on the Southeast Region Team. Amber Bishop (2B, 1st Team), Julia DiMartino (P, 1st Team), Chase Cassady (P, 2nd Team), Sarah Robertson (SS, 2nd Team) and Jaclyn Amader (UT/DP, 3rd Team) were named to the team from the Flames, while the Bisons had Hannah DeVault (2B, 3rd Team) and Mandy Jordan (P, 3rd Team), North Alabama's Megan Garst (P, 3rd Team) and Jacksonville's Kassidy Cross (OF, 3rd Team) were also honored.

DiMartino, a senior from Brockport, N.Y., has had her best season so far. A two-time Big South Pitcher of the Year, she is the first player in program history to be named a first-team all-conference selection four times. She enters the postseason with an 18-10 record, 1.19 ERA and .204 opponents' batting average. DiMartino ranks 12th nationally in ERA and leads the ASUN with six saves. The senior tossed a perfect game against Princeton and pitched in a combined no-hitter versus Quinnipiac. The right-hander holds 14 program records.

Bishop, a junior from Murrieta, Calif., is a three-time first-team all-conference selection at second base. She was named one of the top 100 players in Division I Softball by Softball America in a preseason listing. The junior bats .369 and leads the ASUN with 69 hits and 12 home runs this season. A clutch hitter, Bishop has hit two walk-off homers this season, including a walk-off grand slam that ended up on SportsCenter's Top 10 that night.

A native of Rocklin, Calif., Amader split time between third base and the outfield this season. She is a three-time all-conference selection, including once each as an outfielder, infielder and utility player. Amader led Liberty with a .393 batting average and .485 on base percentage in ASUN play this season. The senior went on a streak in April where she reached base in 21 straight games. She is third on the team with 12 multiple-hit games, including two three-hit games and one four-hit contest.

Cassady, hailing from Orlando, Fla., has been one of the top pitchers in the region this season. She holds a 13-3 record, 1.34 ERA and .208 opponents' batting average. Cassady currently ranks 21st in the nation in ERA. Her 0.69 ERA in conference play led all ASUN pitchers this spring. She has improved her ERA every season she has been at Liberty, lowering her ERA from 2.31 last year to 1.34 as a senior. Cassady has tossed three shutouts and a one-hitter this year.

Robertson, a three-time all-conference shortstop from Panama City, Fla., has been strong at the plate and in the field. She has batted .311 with seven doubles and 20 RBI this season and she is among the ASUN leaders with 104 assists. Her fielding was nearly flawless during conference play, where she posted a .987 fielding percentage. With one more game played, she will set the program's career records for games played and games started.

DeVault was recently named the ASUN Player of the Year and won her second consecutive ASUN Defensive Player of the Year award. She became the first player to win both awards in the same season.

The junior second baseman was also unanimously voted onto the All-Conference First Team after a statistically dominant season. Heading into the NCAA Regional, DeVault leads the ASUN in RBI (51), doubles (20), slugging percentage (.638), and extra base hits (27).

She also ranks in the top five with 10 home runs (second), 104 total bases (second), a .450 OBP (fourth), 54 hits (eighth), 39 runs (second), and 36 walks (second). She is also 10th in batting average at .331. She leads Lipscomb in all of those categories except for runs scored.

On defense, she has recorded 115 putouts and made 70 assists with just five errors and a .974 fielding percentage.

Jordan was voted onto the ASUN Second All-Conference Team, her second career All-Conference designation.

The senior has been the Bisons number one pitcher all season, compiling an 18-7 record and making four saves in 30 appearances.

Her 1.81 ERA is sixth in the league. She is tied for first in wins, second in saves, sixth in innings pitched (170), and sixth in strikeouts (154). 16 of her 21 starts were complete games (fifth in the ASUN), which is fifth in the ASUN.

Garst, who was also named to the ASUN all-tournament team on Sunday, finished the year with a 16-6 record during UNA's first season as a Division I program. She passes Hillary Carpenter, who recorded a 1.00 ERA during her sophomore season in 2015.
 
After leading the ASUN in ERA and strikeouts-per-seven innings, Garst was named first team all-conference as well as the league's pitcher of the year. She was a two-time ASUN Pitcher of the Week and became the first pitcher in UNA history to toss consecutive no-hitters, blanking Liberty and Jacksonville in consecutive games.

 

 

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