Bickford gathers NFCA First Team All-East Region honors

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.

NFCA Release

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

Year

Name (Position) Team
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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