NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College senior Emma Hart and junior Caroline Fairbanks, have been selected to the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-Region list, released on Monday.
Hart earns her third NFCA honor while Fairbanks picks up her second as the Lyons are among 364 players being represented. All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 25 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Salem, Va.
Hart, being recognized to First Team, ended the season ranked first in the conference with a .481 batting average. She also finished third overall in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with 20 stolen bases and went on to collect 63 hits including eight doubles, two triples and one home run for 16 RBI. Hart led the team in runs, tallying 47 in her 37 games played. She concluded her four-year career with a .454 batting average in 164 games played including three home runs, 28 doubles and seven triples.
Fairbanks picks up a Second Team spot as she ended the year leading the team in home runs at nine, also tied for first in the NEWMAC. She notched 40 hits on the year for 33 RBI and 25 runs scored for a .404 batting average. On the field, Fairbanks registered 218 putouts and eight assists at first base for a .991 fielding percentage. On April 8, Fairbanks slugged three home runs against the Coast Guard Academy and helped lead the Lyons to a 6-5 and 11-5 victories.
The softball team posted a 23-14 overall record on the season and a 12-6 final mark in conference play as the Lyons advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament.