2014 NFCA NAIA All-Region Teams
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announced the 2014 All-Region teams, with Taylor softball's Lauren Ehle, Emily Tweedy, Alex Lovelace, and Hannah Robbins all receiving recognition.
Tweedy and Lovelace were both named to the Great Lakes Region First Team for their outstanding play, while Ehle and Robbins claimed Second Team honors.
Lovelace, a freshman outfielder from Greenwood, Indiana, had an outstanding season for Taylor. In addition to the All-Region status, Lovelace was named the Crossroads League Player of the Year, batting .427 from the leadoff spot and going the entire season without making an error from center field. Lovelace set the Taylor season record for runs scored (59) and total hits (90) while also placing 2nd on the team with 49 RBI.
A senior from Carmel, Indiana, Tweedy was named to the first team for her play as a catcher. Tweedy also played third base for Taylor and was a key piece to the heart of the Trojan batting order, finishing her final season at Taylor with a .389 batting average to go along with 70 hits and 32 RBI, third on the team in both statistical categories. In the 2014 season, Tweedy was also an Academic All-District and All-Crossroads League performer.
Freshmen Ehle and Robbins are former teammates at Woodlan High School. Ehle was named to the second team as a utility player, spending time at both third base and catcher for the Trojans. Ehle set Taylor season records in home runs (17), RBI (63), slugging percentage (.794) and total bases (139) on her way to being named All-Crossroads League.
Robbins was 18-4 in the circle for Taylor with a 2.47 ERA to earn the All-Region Second Team honor. Robbins was named Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week twice in the 2014 season, going on to earn All-Crossroads League recognition. When not pitching, Robbins played soundly at first base and was solid at the plate, finishing with a .401 batting average with 55 hits and 25 RBI.
Each of these players had a key role in what was a historic season for Taylor. The 2014 Trojans went 42-17 overall, winning both the Crossroads League regular season and tournament title on its way to the program's first ever national tournament appearance. Taylor softball eventually succumbed to No. 12 Biola 4-1 to conclude the 2014 season, but not after winning in extra-innings 4-3 over Georgetown in the programs' first ever NAIA Tournament victory.
For the complete list of the All-Region Teams as announced by the NFCA, please follow the link above. Also provided above is the 2013-2014 Taylor Athletic Honors page, which lists individual athletic accomplishments for all Taylor athletes.