2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
@Patriot_sb dominant season highlighted in NCAA stats

Monday, July 9, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu


TYLER – After all the games were played and all the stats compiled, the UT Tyler softball team proved to be one of the most dominant lineups and pitching staffs throughout the nation.

As a team, the Patriots (44-5) led the nation with a .386 batting average and with 23 shutouts, while Ashley Perez led NCAA Division III with 19 homer runs and 69 RBIs, Nicole Garcia topped the country with 84 hits and Andrea Gonzales was the toughest to strikeout with no strikeouts in 157 at-bats.

A Pflugerville native, Perez had one of the best seasons in UT Tyler history by setting program single-season records with 19 homers, a .968 slugging percentage and 153 total bases. Perez was named a NFCA All-America, NFCA/Schutt Sports National Freshman of the Year, NFCA/Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, NFCA All-West Region, American Southwest Conference Player of the Year, ASC Freshman of the Year, ASC First-Team and was named to the Seguin Regional All-Tournament Team and then was the Tyler Super Regional Most Outstanding Player. Along with leading the nation in homers and RBIs, Perez ranked second in the nation with 23 doubles and was sixth with 73 total hits.

Garcia finished her first season at UT Tyler by leading NCAA DIII with 84 hits, while also setting a new UT Tyler single-season record with a .512 batting average. A junior from Sugar Land, Garcia transferred from Blinn and became top leadoff hitter in the nation where she had 18 doubles, a .562 on-base percentage and scored 1.29 runs per game. She was named an NFCA All-America, an NFCA All-West Region, All-ASC and was on the NCAA All-Tournament team. Gonzalez went through the entire season without striking out for the Patriots and would finish the year with a .439 batting average and 33 RBI. An Elgin native, the senior would have 69 total hits during her final season and was named an NFCA All-America, NFCA All-West Region and an All-ASC selection. She was one of four players throughout NCAA DIII not to have a strikeout.

In 2018, UT Tyler finished fifth and with its fourth straight trip to the NCAA DIII Championship tournament. The Patriots not only led the nation with a .386 team batting average and .602 slugging percentage, but were also second with a .459 on-base percentage and .602 slugging percentage, were third with a .898 win-loss percentage and fourth with a 1.42 pitching staff ERA and .976 fielding percentage.