Three Mercyhurst North East Saints Softball players were honored today as NFCA All East Region awards were announced. These awards are voted on by coaches in the East Region. The East region is comprised of 14 states, as there are only three Regions in the country.
Saints pitcher Portia McBride was selected as one of three pitchers in the East. The sophomore from McKeesport, PA had a 19-5 record with an ERA of 1.89 on the season. She struck out 197 batters in 160 innings of work.
Julia Lang (Greensburg, PA) was one of four outfielders selected. The sophomore led the Saints with a .441 batting average on the year. Batting in the 3-hole, Lang also led Mercyhurst with 48 runs and 13 steals. She finished the year with seven home runs and 36 RBIs.
Lauren Nickerson (Bemus Point, NY) was selected as one of two catchers. The sophomore led the Saint in home runs (11) and also RBIs (37). She scored 31 runs while and had a .651 slugging percentage. In addition to her offense, Nickerson was tremendous behind the plate for the Saints as well.
Mercyhurst (29-14) led the East with three players selected and now all three are eligible for All American, which will be announced in early June.