Sophomore Rhianna Rich and junior Maddy Kaplan earned third team recognition for the NFCA Northeast Region.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announced that Harvard sophomore Rhianna Rich and junior Maddy Kaplan were among the 667 student-athletes from 175 programs to have received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades. Both Rich and Kaplan earned third team recognition in the Northeast Region.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions with first, second and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American squads.
One of the nation's best hitters, Rich led the team and finished second in Ivy League with a .418 batting average, leading the Ivy League with seven triples. Rich was Harvard's spark plug at the top of the lineup, finishing third in the Ivy League with a .484 on base percentage and striking out only four times in 141 at bats this season. She was equally exceptional in the field, holding a .988 fielding percentage at shortstop for Harvard.
Kaplan, Harvard's steady No. 2 hitter, batted .368 on the year (6th, Ivy League) and finished second on the team with 11 extra-base hits (10 doubles, home run), She was second on the team with 27 runs on the season and recorded a hit in 33 of 41 games this season, including an eight game hitting streak to end the season.
The 2017 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 31, via NFCA.org.
To view all of the 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region teams, please click HERE.