May 15, 2014
2014 NFCA Division I All-Region Teams
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UIC second baseman Jacki Fletcher, shortstop Natalie Hernandez and outfielder Paige Peterson have been named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region teams, the NFCA announced on Thursday. Fletcher was selected to the second team, while Hernandez and Peterson placed on the third team.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams were voted on 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.
Fletcher collects the first such accolade of her career after having her most productive season at the plate. While starting in all but one game for the Flames, the senior held one of the top three batting averages for UIC and ended the season with a .362 average and 50 hits. Fletcher was additionally reward for her play in conference, as she earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team.
Hernandez takes home her first-career all-region honor following the best offensive season of her career. While placing fifth in the UIC record book with a single-season batting average of .413, the senior put up big numbers in every category with 39 runs, 64 hits, 10 doubles, 12 home runs, 40 RBI, a .723 slugging percentage and 13 stolen bases. Hernandez played in 43 of the Flames’ 44 games and had 21 multi-hit outings, including a five-hit contest against Youngstown State, May 8. Hernandez was also named to the All-Horizon League First Team, as well as the Horizon League All-Tournament Team, and was awarded as the Batting Champion.
Peterson picks up her first-career nod after maintaining offensive and defensive control throughout the year. The junior started 33 games and played in 35 to own a .404 batting average, good for the seventh-best single-season average in UIC history. She led the Flames with a .466 on-base percentage and ended the season on a reached-base streak of 27, in addition to holding a 16-game hit streak. Peterson had just one error on the season and was recognized by being named to the All-Horizon League Second Team.