WACO, Texas – The Baylor softball team posted six student-athletes on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Central Region teams, announced Thursday by the organization.
Shelby Friudenberg and Sarah Smith snagged first team selections, Heather Stearns, Linsey Hays, and Kyla Walker earned second team, and Jessie Scroggins rounded out the team’s honors with a third team mark.
Friudenberg was named to the NFCA All-America teams in 2015 and is poised to become the first Lady Bear to earn the honor in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Posting a .321 average in the regular season, Friudenberg added a team-high 51 RBI and 11 home runs.
Smith saved the best season of her collegiate career for last, hitting .418 with team-highs in slugging (.725) and on base (.508). She also helped pace the offense with 47 RBI and 10 home runs.
Stearns had a career-low ERA (1.91), posting a 19-6 record and leading the Big 12 in strikeouts/game. For Stearns, she leaves Baylor with a spot in all 19 of the career pitching
Hays enjoyed a career year of her own, playing full-time in the outfield for the first time in her five years at Baylor. Despite going errorless in the regular season, it was Hays’ power at the plate that shined this season, leading the team in home runs (13), doubles (19), and total bases (112).
Walker blazed onto the scene in her freshman season, joining the team after sitting out the first quarter of the season coming back from an offseason injury. Since then, Walker has posted a team-high .445 RBI, while also leading the Big 12 in both hits (29) and batting average (.518) in conference play.
Scroggins saw a big hike in production from her freshman season, improving her batting average up 93 points to .354. Scroggins continued her development into a five-tool player, showing her power with five home runs, 26 RBI, and 17 doubles.
After setting a new Baylor record with six selections in 2015, the Lady Bears matched the total again this season, with the six overall honorees.
Regional representatives meet the Monday before the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK to select the All-American First, Second and Third Teams. In 2016, the meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on May 30 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Baylor faces Long Beach State in Eugene, Ore., on Friday to lead off the Eugene Regional at 6:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. CT to kick off its postseason run in the NCAA Tournament. The double elimination regional round features No. 5 Oregon, Long Beach State, and Fordham, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals round.