LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Abby Barker of the Elon University softball team was named to the 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region team as announced by the association on Thursday, May 16.
Barker was named a member of the third team for the Mid-Atlantic Region, her first career All-Region honor. It also marks the eighth straight year that a Phoenix player has received all-region accolades with Barker being the first pitcher to earn that honor since Erin O’Shea in 2010.
Barker, a first team 2019 All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, had a breakout campaign this season for the maroon and gold. The Granville, Ohio, native ranked among the league’s leaders in ERA (2.92), innings (158.0) and wins (19). She also threw four one-hit games and set a program Division I single-season school-record for victories with her 19 wins which tied for second most all-time in school history. She was also twice named the CAA Pitcher of the Week during the season and earned CAA All-Tournament team honors after helping the Phoenix reach the league’s title game for the first time.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for the 2019 NFCA Division I All-America squads.
The 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, via NFCA.org.