Softball Places Six on NFCA All-Region Teams

Softball Places Six on NFCA All-Region Teams

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Berry College softball team placed a total of six players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region teams, the organization announced on Wednesday.

This marks the first time Berry has received the maximum number of players on the All-Region list.  

Kassie Howard, Bayleigh Masterson and Brittany Tuttle earned recognition on the first-team. Kylie Aiken and Brooke Whittemore earned second-team recognition and Elisabeth Federici rounded out the honors on the third-team.

Howard, a senior pitcher from Alpharetta, Ga., solidified herself as the most decorated pitcher in Berry softball history in the middle of a dominant 2018 campaign. She earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference honor from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), earning the league's Pitcher of the Year award for the second time. Howard has tossed 142.1 innings for the Vikings, allowing just 74 hits and 15 earned runs in her 27 appearances. She leads the nation with a 0.74 ERA on the year, is top-10 with 197 strikeouts and has an 89-8 career record. She was also named the Berry College Mika Robinson Female Student Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-District this season. This marks her fourth-straight All-Region accolade, earning All-America honors during her sophomore year.

Masterson, a freshman infielder from Louisville, Ky., earns her first All-Region accolade after being selected as the SAA Newcomer of the Year earlier this season. She is currently hitting .389 on the year, accumulating 51 hits and 47 RBIs. She was also named SAA Player of the Week twice, hitting nine home runs for Berry on the year. Masterson finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in home runs, first in RBIs and fourth in batting average, adding 56 put outs, 50 assists and four double plays at shortstop for the Vikings.

Tuttle, a senior outfielder from Snellville, Ga., earns her third All-Region nod, lighting it up from the top of the order this season. She is currently swinging a .420 bat with a .469 OBP and a program-record 42 stolen bags. She has also scored 49 runs on the year, collecting 55 total hits and 24 RBIs. Tuttle earned her fourth consecutive spot on the All-SAA first-team this year, surpassing 100 stolen bases for her career.

Aiken, a senior infielder from Johns Creek, Ga., earns her second All-Region accolade after being selected as the SAA Player of the Year earlier this season. She is currently hitting career-highs across the board including batting average (.418), OBP (.455), SLG% (.615), hits (51), runs (38) and RBIs (44). Her Player of the Year nod was her third All-SAA first-team honor.

Whittemore, a freshman outfielder from Acworth, Ga., collects All-Region honors in her first season, swinging a .451 bat on the year. She also has five home runs, 27 RBIs and 28 runs scored to go along with nine stolen bases. Whittemore was selected to the All-SAA second team this season.

Federici, a senior outfielder from Acworth, Ga., earns her first All-Region selection in her final season. The Vikings’ power-hitter set the single-season record earlier this year with 11 home runs. She is currently hitting .341 with 41 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Federici also earned her third straight spot on the All-SAA first-team this season.

Berry secured their fourth consecutive SAA Tournament title and bid to the NCAA Tournament this year, sitting at 39-4 on the year with a No. 4 national ranking from the NFCA. Berry will face No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan on Friday to open Super Regional play.