LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior outfielder Amanda Bickford was announced as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-East Region selection on Wednesday, becoming the Saint Anselm College softball team's first NFCA All-Region honoree in 17 seasons.
For Bickford, the accolade comes in addition to the First Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honor she received a little over a week ago following a standout junior season. She became the program's first NFCA All-Region selection since Sara Swett in 2000, the ninth player in program history to earn the accolade dating back to 1991 and the sixth first-teamer.
In 33 games for the Hawks this season, Bickford hit .395 (47-for-119) with five doubles, 10 RBI, 14 runs scored and a .411 on-base percentage. She ranks fourth in the NE10 in batting average, tied for 10th in hits and 16th in on-base percentage. Bickford hit safely in 28-of-33 games, including 14 multi-hit performances.
For her career, Bickford boasts a .380 batting average over 108 games with 149 hits, 53 runs, 14 doubles and an on-base percentage of .426. She has raised her batting average in each of her three seasons from .362 as a freshman to .386 as a sophomore to .395 as a junior.
Bickford helped Saint Anselm to its fourth appearance in the NE10 Championship in the last five seasons earlier this month. The Hawks finished the season 18-16 overall and 16-8 in the NE10, which marked the team's most conference wins since 2014.
As a first-team all-region pick, Bickford is in the running for 2017 NFCA Division II All-American honors, which will be announced at the NCAA Division II Championship Banquet in Salem, Va. on Wednesday, May 24.
Prior NFCA All-Region Selections
|2000||Sara Swett (Shortstop)||First|
|1999||Lisa Petell (Pitcher)||First|
|1999||Erica Christopher (Third Base)||Second|
|1998||Lisa Petell (Pitcher)||Second|
|1997||Lisa Petell (Pitcher)||First|
|1996||Lisa Petell (Pitcher)||First|
|1994||Anne Moynihan (Catcher)||First|
|1994||Adrianna Blueming (First Base)||Second|
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