LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With each passing year, the Johnson & Wales University softball team is garnering more recognition from coaches around the country. After a third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, a program-best five Wildcats were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region teams.
Garnering Second-Team accolades were first baseman Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.), pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) and utility player Katie Rufo. Getting the nod to the Third-Team was outfielder Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) and shortstop Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI).
For Gorecki, it's the second All-Region selection for perhaps the best offensive player in school history. A four-time All-GNAC honoree, she finished her career as the Wildcats' all-time leader in batting average (.427), hits (215), runs (115), home runs (29) and RBIs (174). Gorecki won the GNAC Triple Crown for the second year in a row while ranking amongst the national leaders in home runs, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Corona also picks up her second All-Region accolade after earning Third-Team her freshman year. The GNAC Pitcher of the Year, she threw a perfect game against Anna Maria on March 25. Corona was the conference leader with 19 wins – placing her 19th in the country - and ranked second in strikeouts (151) and earned run average (2.11).
A transfer from Elon University, Rufo added more power to the JWU lineup. Named First-Team All-GNAC, she finished the year with five home runs and 27 RBIs – ranking her in the league's top 20 in both categories – while batting .360. Rufo's three home runs against Lasell are tied for the single-game high in the NCAA this season.
Whereas some freshmen have a great start then fizzle out towards the end of the season, Frost was a consistent performer all year long. Honored with GNAC Rookie of the Year, she ranked in the GNAC top 10 for batting average (.403), runs (37), hits (54), RBIs (44), stolen bases (15), on-base percentage (.459) and slugging percentage (.642). Frost went 4-for-7 at the NCAA regional to earn all-tournament honors.
DuPerry joins Gorecki on the All-Region team for the second year in a row after a Third-Team selection as a rookie. DuPerry is among the national leaders with 48 runs scored, the second-highest single-season total in school history. She ranked fourth in the conference for both doubles and triples while hitting .371 in the leadoff spot.