NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb first baseman Caitlin Plocheck was named to the NFCA Southeast Region Softball Third Team.
Plocheck, a junior from Houston, Texas, also was named to the ASUN All-Conference First Team earlier this month.
“I am so proud for her,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I am so pumped for her. It is a tremendous honor to be named All-Region.
“She had such a great year individually, but what she did for our team this year was outstanding. She was our most consistent hitter this year. She became the hitter in our lineup no one wanted to face.”
The players were selected by the coaches from each of 10 regions.
Plocheck has developed as a player each season. She will join Abby Fenichel as only one of two seniors on the team next season.
“We have known since day one she was a great all-around player,” Ryman said. “She is a really great hitter. She has this ability to be a pitcher who can come in and give you some innings in relief. And she is completely underrated as a first baseman and the work she does over there.”
Plocheck is only the third player for Lipscomb to earn NFCA honors in the history of the program joining Whitney Kiihnl, a two-time winner as a pitcher, and Kelsey Cartwright.
Plocheck led the Lady Bisons in batting average (.333), hits (63), doubles (17), home runs (9), total bases (107), slugging percentage (.566) and runs batted in (33). All were also personal season career highs, except her RBI total which tied her career high set last season.
“As a hitter she really took off this year,” Ryman said. “We had seen that in moments the previous two years. She set a lot of career power numbers as a sophomore, but her average was still down.
“That is something we challenged her with as a coaching staff this year. We needed her to be one of the players to turn the corner from an average standpoint. She was a hitter from day one this year. She is a very smart player and a very smart hitter.”
In the field she recorded a .997 percentage with 279 putouts, 20 assists and only one error.
“You have to receive every throw from an infielder and you are expected to catch everything,” Ryman said. “She has made everyone look good at times.”