LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the season may be over, accolades are still coming in for the Johnson & Wales University softball team. The Wildcats placed five athletes on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast Region teams.
Earning a spot on the First-Team was pitcher Jennifer Corona and outfielder Tiffani Semanchik. Designated player Katie Rufo was a Second-Team selection while utility player Kristin Frost and third baseman Meghan Gavin garnered Third-Team recognition. The five selections are the sixth-most of any team in the country and equal last year's team for the most all-region selections in program history.
After a pair of second-team selections, this is Corona's first first-team honor. The GNAC Tournament MVP, she was also named to the TCNJ regional all-tournament team. Corona finished the season as the GNAC leader in wins (17), ERA (1.49) and strikeouts (154). The Middle Island, NY native threw her second career no-hitter against Simmons on April 21. Nationally ranked for wins and strikeouts, Corona ended her career as the JWU all-time leader in wins and innings.
Semanchik finished her career as the program's all-time leader in batting average at .439 after hitting .444 this year to rank fifth in the league. During conference games, she was tops with a .529 batting average and .566 on-base percentage. Named GNAC Player of the Week on April 2, the Flemington, NJ, native had an 18-game hitting streak, the second-longest in school history.
This is the second major award this week for Rufo as earlier she was named CoSIDA Academic All-District. The Natick, Mass. native earned her second All-NFCA award by ranking fourth in the conference with seven home runs and a .678 slugging percentage. Rufo also rated third with 42 RBIs and her 12 doubles were seventh. Rufo concluded her career on the JWU all-time charts for batting average, RBIs, doubles and home runs. This season she cracked the single-season charts for RBIs, home runs and doubles.
Frost split time this year between left field and the pitching circle to earn her second All-NFCA honor. Named to the GNAC All-Tournament team, she hit .360 which improved to .404 against conference team. The GNAC Player of the Week on April 30, Frost ranked fourth in home runs and eighth for RBIs. In the circle, she's fifth in the league with a 2.23 ERA to go along with eight wins and a .221 opponent batting average.
The last two seasons Gavin has been on the cusp of all-region honors before breaking through in 2018. A three-time All-GNAC selection, she was the league leader with 22 stolen bases and named to the GNAC All-Tournament team. Gavin also ranks fifth in GNAC for runs scored and sixth in walks. The Wallingford, Conn. native is hitting .359 with a .412 on-base percentage to go along with 15 multi-hit games.