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Four Cougars Named NFCA All-Region

May 18, 2017

NFCA Release (PDF)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.
-- Four members of the University of Houston Softball team were named to the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Region Teams, the organization announced Thursday morning.

Sophomore Savannah Heebner (Utility/Pitcher) was named to the first team as freshman Arielle James (Second Base) and senior Shelby Miller (Designated Player/Utility/Non-Pitcher) we tabbed to the second team. Sophomore Maya Thomas (Outfield) rounded out the honors with a third-team selection.

Houston's four honorees tie the 2008 squad for the most in program history. In 2008, Angel Shamblin (First Team), Laurie Wagner (First Team), Jennifer Klinkert (Second Team), and Jessica Valis (Second Team) were named NFCA All-Region.

The Cougars have 24 total NFCA All-Region honors to date.

NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams. All honorees become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American squads to be announced Wednesday, May 31, via NFCA.org.


 

 


Savannah Heebner
First Team (UTL/P)
• Named to the American Athletic Conference First Team (DP/UTL/P)
• Named to The American All-Tournament Team
• Led Houston with 15-11 record and 2.13 ERA with 16 complete games and six shutouts
• Recorded 112 strikeouts to 41 walks over 177.2 innings pitched
• Posted .319/.454/.396 slash
• Hit .319, going 45-for-141 with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 30 RBI, 25 runs and 18 walks
• Fourth in The American in wins (15), ERA (2.13), strikeouts (112) and innings pitched (177.2)
• Fifth in The American in opponent batting average (.250)
• Sixth in The American in RBI (30)
• Eleven multi-hit games
• Six multi-RBI games
• Named to The American Pitcher of the Week on March 6
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (April 10, April 24)
• First NFCA All-Region Honor


Arielle James
Second Team (2B)
• Named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year
• Named to The American First Team (2B)
• Named to The American All-Rookie Team
• Posted .354/.444/.424 slash
• Hit .354, going 63-for-178 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 24 RBI, 43 runs, 16 walks and four stolen bases
• Third in The American in runs (43), first among freshmen
• Tied for fifth in The American in hits (63), first among freshmen
• Tied for sixth in The American in doubles (10)
• Led all freshmen in The American in batting average (.354)
• Twenty multi-hit games
• Nine multi-RBI games
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 27, March 27)
• Made move from shortstop to second base prior to start of conference play
• First NFCA All-Region Honor


Shelby Miller
Second Team (DP/UTL/Non-P)
• Named the American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year
• Named to The American First Team (1B)
• Posted .369/.619/.427 slash
• Hit .369, going 62-for-168 with six doubles, three triples, 10 home run, 51 RBI, 46 runs, 20 walks and two stolen bases
• The American leader in RBI (51)
• Second in The American in runs (46)
• Third in The American in slugging percentage (.619) and home runs (10)
• Sixth in The American in batting average (.369), on base percentage (.427) and triples (6)
• Seventh in The American in hits (62)
• Twenty multi-hit games
• Seventeen multi-RBI games
• Named to The American Hitter of the Week on May 1
• Twice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 13, March 13)
• First NFCA All-Region Honor


Maya Thomas
Third Team (OF)
• Named to the American Athletic Conference First Team (OF)
• Named to The American All-Tournament Team
• Posted .435/.455/.463 slash
• Hit .435, going 67-for-154 with three doubles, 16 RBI, 32 runs, eight walks and 18 stolen bases
• Second in The American in batting average (.435) and on base percentage (.463)
• Tied for third in The American in hits (67)
• Fourth in The American in stolen bases (18)
• Twenty-two multi-hit games
• Four multi-RBI games
• Thrice tabbed to The American Weekly Honor Roll (April 10, April 24, May 8)
• First NFCA All-Region Honor


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