View All Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region Teams
Six Washington University in St. Louis players earned All-Midwest Region status, with three coming on the first team, as the NFCA announced Thursday the 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-Region teams.
Leading the first-team selections for head coach Cindy Zelinsky’s 45-1 Bears, the top-ranked team in the nation, was 2004 first-team all-American Liz Swary. Swary was named first-team first baseman, while pitcher Laurel Sagartz, a third-team All-American a year ago, was named to the first team at the pitcher’s spot. Joining them on the first team is outfielder Amy Vukovich.
The Bears’ Victoria Ramsey was named second-team pitcher, while Amanda Roberts and Monica Hanono were named to the second team at outfielder and utility player, respectively.
The Bears look to keep their impressive win streak going this weekend as they compete as the top seed in the NCAA Regional at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in a field that includes host Coe and defending national champion St. Thomas.
Coe put four players on the first-team All-Midwest Region. Amy Ernst landed the other first-team pitcher’s spot opposite Sagartz, while third baseman Jana Bradley and outfielders Beth Rohlina and Ashley Wagner also earned places on the first team.
St. Thomas, the No. 2 seed in the Coe regional behind Washington University, put three players on the first team. Michelle Wong garnered all-region accolades at second base, while her middle-infield mate Kristi Huegel landed first-team shortstop honors. Janet Nagle, a first-team All-American at-large selection last season, joined the Midwest region first team at one of the at-large spots.
Joining Coe with four first-team all-region selections were Salisbury and Lynchburg College in the Atlantic region. 2004 third-team All-American Lacey Lister joined Salisbury teammates Kirsten Wells, Leslie White and Kareem Falcon as first team All-Atlantic region members, while Lynchburg placed Brittany Edelen, Christy Mays, Danielle DiFranco and Caroline Cubbage on the first team.
A pair of teams in the Central region also had four players earn first-team accolades. Muskingum put 2004 first-team All-American Erica Hoyt at pitcher, while Amy Iammarino was the first team first baseman. Teammate Kim Tackett was the first-team second baseman, and Nicole Blubaugh represented the Muskies at the designated player position.
Hope College’s Emily Adams earned first-team All-Central Region shortstop, while teammates Jessica Regnerus and Candace Graham earned spots in the outfield. Kylee Brouwer made the first team as an at-large selection.
Chapman placed four players on the first-team All-West Region squad. Janet Lloyd’s pitchers Maggie Wilder and Jennifer Winford snagged first-team honors, while shortstop Jill Jeranko and outfielder Keely Starr also earned first-team accolades after helping Chapman to the top seed in the Redlands regional.
Another top seed in regional play, Rutgers-Camden, had battery mates Michelle Schlichtig and Mo Baney land spots on the first-team All-East Region squad, while last year’s national runner-up Moravian put 2004 first-team All-Americans Meagan Hennessy and Heather Bortz on the first team as well.
Western New England paced the first-team selections in the Northeast region, with pitcher Jackie Shedlock earning a spot along with first baseman Erin Whitcomb and at-large selection Allison Glassick.
Tufts and Wheaton (Mass.) paced the New England region in first-team selections with three each. Catcher Megan Cusik, second baseman Danielle Lopez and shortstop Courtney Bongiolatti earned first-team honors for Tufts, while Wheaton put third baseman Erika Marini, outfielder Jessica Foster and at-large selection Jessica DePolito on the first team.
Augustana (Ill.) and regional participant North Central College each had three players named first-team All-Great Lakes Region. Catcher Leann Barber was named first team for Augustana, joining teammates Erin Daniels at second base and Heidi Hallstrom at shortstop. Third baseman Jenna Congdon earned first-team honors for North Central along with Jamie Wiecsorek at designated player and Jessica Siegel at one of the at-large spots.