LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- The NFCA released it's 2018 All-Region teams, which included this seasons lefty phenomenon Melanie Murphy, who represented Florida Tech on the All-South Region Second Team.
The awards are given to the top softball student-athletes that reside in institutions among the Association's eight regions and get voted on by coaches who are members of the NFCA. All recipients of first and second team nominations now become eligible for National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American teams.
This year, there were 207 student-athletes from 120 programs that were recognized with awards. From the Sunshine State Conference, seven institutions were represented by eight student-athletes.
For the second time during the 2018 campaign, the Panthers lefty has been recognized by the NFCA with an accolade, the first coming back in Week 7 of the season, where she tabbed the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week award. The second team laurel does mark a first for the Panthers ace and serves as most recent for Florida Tech, as it has not been represented on an All-South Region team since 2015 when Elaine Brown was nominated.
After setting the school's single-season ERA record (1.00), which had not been broken for 13 years, the local product wrapped up her 2018 stand with a 17-9 record, 108 strikeouts, three saves, 27 earned runs, seven shutouts (one no-hitter), and held her opponents to a .181 batting average over 189 innings pitched.