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MELANIE DENISCHUK EARNS NFCA FIRST-TEAM ALL-REGION ACCOLADES
Melanie Denischuk hit 24 homers and drove in 82 runs en route to first-team all-region honors.
-UMBC first baseman Melanie Denischuk (Poway, Calif./Hugh Sutherland (Carstairs, Alberta)/Indian River CC/Auburn) was named to the 2006 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, the organization announced Wednesday. Denischuk now advances to competition for All-America recognition.
The first-team selection is the latest in a long line of accolades the junior has received this season, her first at UMBC after transferring from
Denischuk shattered school records for home runs (24) and RBI (82) in a season, as well as total bases (161), slugging percentage (.880), walks (39) and on-base percentage (.545). Her .432 batting average tied teammate Courtney O’Hara for highest on the team. She had 79 hits, including 10 doubles, and scored 45 runs on the season. Denischuk was also spectacular in the field, committing only three errors in 359 chances for a .992 fielding percentage, second-best on the team among regulars.
Denischuk becomes the first Retriever selected to an NFCA all-region team since Lauren Hebb, Kristie Pickeral and Lauren Nicholson in 2003.
NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
P - Lisa Sweeney, Lehigh
P - Kayleigh Lotti, Hofstra
P - Megan Rigos, Marist
C - Mary Wieder, Lehigh
1B - Melanie Denischuk, UMBC
2B - Allison Borchers,
3B - Tara Ulrich, Hofstra
SS - Katie Miranto, Canisius
OF - Jo Sherlock,
OF - Kate Marvel, Lehigh
DP - Lauren Litts, Bucknell
UT - Randi Gillespie, LIU