May 15, 2014
• 2014 NFCA All-Region Teams | Wisconsin NCAA Tournament Central
EUGENE, Ore. -- In the first 18 years of Wisconsin softball, the Badgers had a total of 14 All-Region selections. The 2014 team earned nearly half that many on Thursday when a school-record six Badgers were selected to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region teams.
Senior Mary Massei headlined the list with a first-team all-region selection, while Cassandra Darrah, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Michelle Mueller were named to the second team and Chloe Miller and Stephanie Peace took home third-team accolades.
Wisconsin’s six All-Region selections smashed the previous school record of three nods last season. For Massei and Darrah, this marks their second All-Region bid after each claiming second-team honors a year ago. Massei becomes the fourth player in UW history to claim first-team All-Region, joining Andrea Kirchberg (2000), Samantha Polito (2007) and Whitney Massey (2012 and 2013).
A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Massei leads the Badgers with .379 batting average and 64 hits. The school’s all-time hits leader also paces UW with 37 runs, 15 doubles and is third on the team with nine home runs.
Mueller and Stewart add All-Region honors to their second-team All-Big Ten picks. Mueller has set a school record with 51 RBI and is one shy of the UW record with 11 home runs. Stewart owns a 14-5 record in the circle with a mark of 7-1 in conference play. The Calabasas, California, native has 121 strikeouts in 142.1 innings of work.
Darrah has won at least 20 games for the third straight season owning a mark of 20-13 with 124 punchouts in 194.1 innings. Miller becomes just the third freshman in UW history to earn All-Region honors, joining Kirchberg (2000) and Molly Spence (2010). Miller has hit 10 round-trippers with 34 RBI and a .297 batting average. Peace is tied for third on the team with nine homers, adding 24 RBI, 16 steals and a .287 batting average.
The All-Region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.
Wisconsin (34-18) begins NCAA regional play Friday in Eugene when it takes on Albany at 4 p.m. (CT).