LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has released its 2013 NAIA All-Region squads. In all, 133 student-athletes reaped either a first or second team selection from one of the Association's five regions: East, Great Lakes, Midwest, Southwest and West.
Third baseman Brittany Hill, outfielder Audrey Lorenz and catcher Elizabeth Rubalcava of Dakota State University were named to the West All-Region team.
Hill, 2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.)/Frontier Conference Player of the year, produced a new DSU school record with a batting average of .500. According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Wednesday, Hill's batting average ranks her the third-best in the nation.
She accumulated a total of 59 hits in 118 plate appearances with 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs. She averaged 1.7 hits per game, which is the fourth-best in the nation.
Hill amassed a total of 39 runs batted in (RBIs) for the Trojans. She recorded a slugging percentage of .720 and an on-base percentage of .512.
Defensively, Hill recorded a total of 143 chances, 101 put-outs and 32 assists in 34 games this season. She had a fielding percentage of .930.
Brittany is the daughter of Rod and Laurie Hill of Chino, Calif. She is a sophomore at Dakota State University.
Lorenz had 46 hits in 107 plate appearances and scored 34 times for the Trojans. She had nine doubles, one triple and one home run with 20 RBIs. She produced a slugging percentage of .561 and swiped nine bases this season.
Lorenz is 15th in the nation in hits per game (1.5). She ranks 21st in runs scored per game (1.1).
Audrey is the daughter of Dave and Antoinette Lorenz of Loveland, Colo. She is a sophomore Education major at DSU.
Rubalcava recorded a batting average of .383 with 44 hits and a slugging percentage of .565 in 115 at-bats for the Trojans. She had 13 doubles, four triples and produced 33 RBIs. She scored 24 runs. Her on-base percentage was .427 this season.
She ranks 18th in the nation in doubles per game (0.4) and 23rd in triples per game (0.1).
Defensively behind the plate, Rubalcava had 211 chances, 187 put-outs and 21 assists. She recorded a fielding percentage of .986, which is the second best fielding percentage in a single season in Trojan softball record book.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Jesus and Monica Rubalcava of Pomona, Calif. She is a freshman Exercise Science major at Dakota State.
All three West All-Region selections - Hill, Lorenz and Rubalcava - were also named to the A.I.I./Frontier All-Conference team, which was announced earlier this month. Hill earned her second straight All-Conference honor during her career at Dakota State.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director