Three Redlands Softball Players Earn NFCA All-West Region Accolades
It was recently announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) that the University of Redlands softball team garnered three All-West Region selections. Sophomore outfielder Amanda Lievanos (Anaheim, CA) headlined the group by landing on the First Team, while junior pitcher Kayla Uphold (Fontana, CA) was named to the Second Team and senior first baseman Rikki Scates (Redlands, CA) landed on the Third Team.
This marks the second NFCA First-Team All-Region selection in as many years for Lievanos. En route to putting together a stellar sophomore campaign, Lievanos led the team in every offensive category, highlighted by her 13 record-setting homeruns. After just two seasons, Lievanos sits at the top of the Redlands all-time career list with 23 dingers. She also posted a .493 batting average with 42 runs scored, 68 hits, and 58 RBI. Lievanos showed that she was disciplined at the plate as well, earning a team-leading 26 walks.
In addition, Lievanos was the sole Bulldog player to collect All-Tournament recognition at the Tyler Regional of the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships.
Following her recent Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Year award, Uphold earns her second consecutive Second-Team All-Region nod. Posting a career-best 20-6 record from the mound, Uphold provided an outstanding ERA of 2.35 on the season. Furthermore, Uphold owned the third-best batting average on the team with an impressive .418 mark that came off 61 hits. She also scored 28 runs and supplied 26 RBI.
Capping off her strong senior campaign, Scates collects her inaugural All-Region honor with this year's Third-Team accolade. She recorded a .372 batting average and started in every game for the Maroon and Gray. Beyond blasting six long balls and tallying 37 RBI, she connected on 51 hits, which rank her third on the team behind Lievanos and Uphold in that category. Defensively, she shored up first base in solid fashion, boasting a .992 fielding percentage on 340 putouts and 16 assists. She also contributed to eight double plays in 2012.
The Bulldogs concluded the season with a 32-13 overall record after winning their eighth consecutive conference title and advancing to the NCAA Championships for the eight straight year.