May 15, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) -UCF junior third baseman Kahley Novak was announced to the National Fastptich Coaches Association (NFCA) Mideast All-Region First Team on Monday. Second team accolades were picked up by junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan, The American Player of the Year, while third team honors were earned by sophomore pitcher Shelby Turnier.
Novak, who was left off the pair of all-conference teams in The American, has tallied 65 hits and scored 43 times as the Knights' leadoff hitter. The Clermont native has swiped 32 bases, leading UCF to a school record 128 stolen bases. The second baseman has added six doubles and four triples.
Sullivan came on strong during conference play and has compiled a .324 avg, .524 slugging pct. and .423 on-base pct. The Waynesboro, Miss., native has delivered 14 doubles and five homers to pace the squad with 34 runs driven in. The Knights' third baseman has drawn 22 walks and crossed the plate 23 times.
Turnier, a member of The American First Team, tallied a 19-5 mark in the circle with a .132 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 148 innings of work. The Palm Beach Gardens native recorded seven shutouts during the campaign and held opponents to a .178 batting avg.
The Knights last all-region selections came in 2012 with Natalie Land (first team) and junior Mackenzie Audas (second team) being recognized. Novak becomes the sixth UCF player to earn NFCA All-Region First Team accolades.
The Knights took batting practice at the hitting facility at Kate Seashole Pressly Stadium, but rain kept the team off the playing surface. UCF, the No. 2 seed, begins the NCAA Gainesville Regional on Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Stetson.
Fans can follow all the action from the NCAA Gainesville Regional with video, audio and Gametracker. Links can be found on the softball schedule page.
NFCA Mideast All-Region
P - Aimee Creger - Tulsa
P - Sara Nevins - South Florida
C - Catherine Horner - Tulsa
1B - Katelyn Bedwell - UNCG
2B - Kahley Novak - UCF
3B - Shaelynn Braxton - Marshall
SS - Jill Barett - Tulsa
OF - Ashi Goff - South Florida
OF - Jackie Bates - Rutgers
OF - Chandler Howard - Rutgers
UT/P - Megan Hyson - Georgetown
DP/UT - Kirsten McGrath - UAB
P - Leanna Pittsenbarger - Eastern Kentucky
P - Haley Chambers - SIUE
P - Erin Seiler - Akron
C - Lindsay Thomas - UNCG
1B - Stephanie Medina - South Florida
2B - Kristi Oshiro - East Carolina
3B - Farrah Sullivan - UCF
SS - Caitlin Attfield - UAB
OF - Shelby Johnson - East Carolina
OF - Kaelynn Greene - Marshall
OF - Cierra Hughes - Tulsa
UT/P - Savannah Jo Dorsey - Ohio
DP/UT - Savannah Carpenter - Southeast Missouri State
DP/UT - Morgan Zerkle - Marshall
P - Leigh Streetman - UAB
P - Shelby Turnier - UCF
C - Lee Ann Spivey - South Florida
1B - Megan McGrath - UAB
2B - Jayna Spivey - Southern Illinois
3B - Maddy Grim - Kent State
SS - Kourtney Salvarola - South Florida
OF - Haley Henshaw - Tulsa
OF - Holly Luciano - Buffalo
OF - Carleigh Nester - Elon
UT/P - Nicole Thomas - UNCG
DP/UT - Erica Sampson