STARKVILLE, Miss. - Just a day after the No. 18 Salisbury University softball team closed out its season, awards have started to come in to honor the student-athletes. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released its 2012 NFCA Division III All-Region teams, and a quartet of Sea Gulls were honored.
Senior pitcher Erika Brittingham landed on the first team for her second consecutive year after going 22-4 in the circle, pitching four no-hitters and striking out 200 opponents. The Georgetown, Del., native's 0.79 ERA was fourth best in the nation. Brittingham was also a mainstay in the Sea Gulls lineup, leading the team with a .442 batting average. The senior had a .766 slugging percentage and hit seven homers this season.
Juniors Michelle Gravdahl and Hannah Mills were also named to the first team. Gravdahl makes her third appearance after sporting a .395 batting average and leading the team with 13 doubles. The junior catcher was walked 31 times and was an essential part of Salisbury's 22 shutouts, calling the pitches and picking off seven base runners.
Mills wrapped up her second season as a Sea Gull with a .387 batting average. The shortstop led Salisbury in runs (48) and home runs (nine). The Parksley, Va., native had a fielding percentage of .942 in her high traffic position, helping Salisbury lead the nation in fielding with a 0.983 percentage. This is Mills' first honor on the All-region first team.
Freshman pitcher Rachel Johnson was named to the third team for her opening campaign as a Sea Gull. The Preston, Md., native had one no-hitter against Grove City College and went 13-3 in the circle, with two saves. Johnson had seven games in which she struck out over 10 opponents, registering two games with 14 strikeouts for a total of 157 batters knocked down in 105.2 innings of play.
Salisbury concluded the 2012 season with an overall 37-7 record, winning its 17th Capital Athletic Conference title and making its 17th overall NCAA tournament appearance.