LOUISVILLE, Ky. - College of Charleston shortstop Lizzy Vaughn and pitchers Hope Klicker and Samantha Martin were all named NFCA all-region selections after a highly successful CofC softball campaign.
The trio was a large contributor to CofC’s fourth-ever 40-win season – their first since 2005 – as the Cougars, members of the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region, posted program-best NCAA RPI rankings and exceled in their first season as members as the Colonial Athletic Association.
Vaughn, out of Placerville, Calif., was named a NFCA third-team mid-Atlantic selection after a memorable senior season in which she led the CAA in hits and finished the year batting .369. She led the Cougars in runs scored and RBIs, despite batting from the leadoff spot. She was perfect in 12 stolen base attempts and added 20 extra-base hits to her dossier on the year. Vaughn, the CofC record holder for assists, maintained a .967 fielding percentage en route to being named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team league selection.
Klicker and Martin led a CofC pitching staff which finished the season with a 2.20 ERA, the seventh best in program history. The two combined to throw 334 innings, or just over 89 percent of the Cougars’ time in the circle. Both were named NFCA second-team mid-Atlantic selections.
Klicker, a junior from Walla Walla, Wash., turned in another impressive season, her second straight 20-win campaign which saw her maintain a 2.75 ERA and strike out 135 batters while walking just 34. She appeared in the circle 36 times and turned in 15 complete games on the year. Klicker, in addition to the NFCA honors, was a first-team all-CAA pitcher.
Martin, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, was prolific in her freshman season and earned CAA all-rookie honors, in addition to catching the attention of the head coaches of the region. She finished the year with a 13-3 record in 27 appearances, boasting a 1.88 ERA and .235 opponent batting average. The freshman mowed down 135 hitters on strikes against 106 hits and 31 walks in 115.2 innings of work.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams.