2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
AWARDS: @Patriot_sb has six selected to NFCA All-West Region

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Like they’ve done on the field all season long, the UT Tyler softball team dominated in selections to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s NCAA Division III All-West Region selections with the maximum players allowed to be selected to an NFCA all-region team.

The Patriots are represented on the NFCA All-West Region First-Team by Colleen Bentke, Ashley Perez, Andrea Gonzales, Lynsey Mitchell, Nicole Garcia and Victoria Gonzales.

Bentke earns the honors from the pitcher’s circle where she is now 23-2 with 122 strikeouts and a 1.19 ERA for the Patriots. Garcia leads UT Tyler with a .518 batting average and 73 hits from the leadoff spot in the lineup, while Perez has hit 17 home runs and leads the team with 64 RBIs. Perez is one home run shy of the single-season program record after hitting two at last weekend’s Seguin Regional, while Andrea Gonzales is hitting .449 with 30 RBIs as a senior.

Mitchell earns the regional honor after hitting .430 with 12 home runs as a designated player and 50 RBIs, while Victoria Gonzales earned the honor with a season’s resume that has her hitting .403 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs.

Andrea Gonzales is the only repeat winner of the regional honor for the Patriots after being named to the second team last season as a junior.

UT Tyler (41-2) hosts the NCAA Division III Tyler, Texas Super Regional against Linfield this weekend starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and then at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of the Tyler, Texas Super Regional will advance to next week’s national tournament.

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 23 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.