Provided by: Lubbock Christian University
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ashton Bell of Lubbock Christian has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II All-American for her standout sophomore season with the Lady Chaps.
As the lone representative from the Heartland Conference, Bell's efforts landed her on Third Team. In all, 45 players from 35 different institutions have been chosen to one of three 2014 NFCA Division II All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.
This award is the first ever earned by a Lady Chap since transitioning to NCAA Division II, while five Lady Chaps were awarded in 2009 as NFCA NAIA All-Americans. Those honorees included First Teamers Ginalee Davis, Kelly Griego, Raquel Hawkins and Second Teamers Alyssa Gutierrez and Honda Rodriguez.
Prior to her NFCA All-American accolade, Bell was also selected to this year's NFCA South Central First Team and the Heartland All-Conference First Team. In 2013, the Lubbock native merited First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors.
Bell earned Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week three times in 2014, more than any other athlete in the league. The outfielder/pitcher led the Heartland in batting average (.491), slugging percentage (.920), runs scored (61) and hits (86) while ranking second in RBIs (56) and home runs (17). In the circle, the Frenship High School product amassed a 6-1 record and had the third best opponent batting average (.230) and was seventh in ERA (2.60) in the league.
For a complete list of the NFCA All-American teams, visit www.nfca.org.