Utah Valley University junior right-handed pitcher Lauren Frailey has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Region Team. Frailey is the first Wolverine softball player in program history to earn the prestigious award at the NCAA Division I level, as she was named to the All-West Region Third Team on Thursday.
"We are so proud of Lauren's accomplishments on the field this season. Lauren played a huge role in our success this season and we look forward to watching her continue to grow and lead her team to higher achievements next season," head UVU coach TJ Hubbard said. "Her relentless work ethic, fierce competitiveness and selfless leadership make her truly deserving of this recognition. She is a great representative of our program, athletic department and university. We are honored to have her a part of our Wolverine family."
Frailey was the lone Wolverine and the fifth player from the Western Athletic Conference to make the cut this season. She was joined on the third team by Grand Canyon's Kendsey Hill, Taylor Nowlin and Camree Wartman, as well as second-team honoree and 2017 WAC Player of the Year Kelsey Horton of New Mexico State.
Frailey was tabbed the 2017 WAC Pitcher of the Year this season after going 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA. She also recorded 12 complete games, two shutouts and 43 strikeouts in 126.2 innings of work. In conference-only play, the UVU right-hander earned six of the Wolverines' seven WAC wins. She also led the WAC in league play in games started (12); ranked second in ERA (3.40), wins (six), innings pitched (59.2) and appearances (12); and ranked fourth in strikeouts (19). Frailey was named WAC Pitcher of the Week three times this season.
She also received First-Team All-WAC honors after leading UVU to a tie for third place in league play with a 7-8 conference record as well as the two seed for the 2017 WAC Tournament.
A total of 667 players representing 175 different institutions comprise this season's regional teams, including first, second and third teams for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region. All the honorees are eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American teams, which will be announced Wednesday, May 31.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.