Zgrabik and Morgan Earn NFCA All-South Region Honors
Thursday, May 17, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
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Photo by A-Sun Photos
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – After collecting more postseason hardware last week, Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team members freshman Shelby Morgan (High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe HS) and sophomore Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) picked up another postseason honor, earning a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-South Region second team.

Morgan, who was named A-Sun Tournament MVP last week, has a 22-6 overall record with a 1.38 ERA, which ranks 23rd in the nation. The High Springs, Fla. product was even better in A-Sun games, holding opponents to a league-best .171 batting average with three shutouts against Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and ETSU. Morgan finished the conference season with an 8-1 record on eight complete games and an A-Sun-leading 0.68 ERA. 

Zgrabik led the A-Sun in multiple categories during A-Sun play, including home runs (8), RBI (24), batting average (.439), hits (25), slugging percentage (.965), doubles (6) and total bases (55). The Venice, Fla native has 14 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI contests.  She blasted two home runs against ETSU, including a grand slam, and currently has a 13-game hitting streak. Zgrabik leads the team with 13 home runs and 53 RBI heading into the Gainesville Regional this weekend.

The NFCA honors student-athletes from 10 NFCA regions. A total of 263 players representing 129 different institutions comprise this season’s regional teams, including first and second teams for each region.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.

Last season, senior Courtney Platt was named to the NFCA All-South Region second team.

NFCA All-South Region Second Team
Pos.    Name                           School
P        Brittany Mack           Louisiana State University
P        Sarah Purvis            Georgia Southern University
P          Shelby Morgan            FGCU
P        Alicia Lorenz            Mississippi Valley State University
C          Chelsea Zgrabik          FGCU
1B      Kasey Tydingco        University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
1B      Sharon Swanson       Kennesaw State University
2B      Wendi Reed             Jackson State University
3B      Ashley Ray               Nicholls State University
SS      Clarisa Navarro         University of Arkansas
OF      Marie Fogle              Georgia Southern University
OF      Ashley McClain          Florida International University
OF      McKenzie Woody       Mercer University
UT/P   Jessica Cross            Kennesaw State University
DP      Michelle Fuzzard       University of Tennessee at Chattanooga