The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announced that seven Arizona Wildcats were among the 392 players from 163 programs that have earned 2019 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades.
The Wildcats selected to the All-West Region first team:
- Pitcher Taylor McQuillin
- Catcher Dejah Mulipola
- Second baseman Reyna Carranco
- Third baseman Malia Martinez
- Shortstop Jessie Harper
- Outfielder Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza
First baseman Rylee Pierce earned third-team honors.
NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for the 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams.
Florida State (Southeast), James Madison (Northeast), Oklahoma (Central) and Washington (Pacific) led with eight players receiving all-region recognition. Arizona, UCLA (West) and Virginia Tech (Mid-Atlantic) had seven honors each. Alabama (South), Michigan (Great Lakes) and Texas Tech (Central) garnered six each.
Seven Oklahoma players were recognized with first-team selections, one better than Arizona’s total. Virginia Tech also had six. Washington earned five first-team honors with four first teamers coming from LSU (South), James Madison and Florida State.
The SEC led all conferences with 40 honorees, while the Pac-12 and Big 10 had 38 and 37, respectively.
The 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 2 p.m. (Tucson time) on May 29, via NFCA.org.
Arizona plays Auburn today at 4 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium in the championship round of the NCAA Tucson Regional. The Wildcats (44-12) will advance to a Super Regional next week at Hillenbrand with one victory over Auburn (39-20). The Tigers, who lost 2-1 yesterday to the Wildcats, must beat Arizona twice today to advance.
Auburn has one player on the NFCA All-Southeast Region first team — catcher Kendall Veach, who leads the Tigers with 20 home runs.