MU's Kate Pratt Earns 1st Team NFCA Atlantic Region Honors
Kate Pratt, a Troy graduate, was named to 1st Team Atlantic Region honors while teammates Catilin Klobosits and Stephanie Simmeth were named to 2nd Team honors in voting conducted among regional head coaches and released Friday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
It was an historical milestone for the program, marking the first time in school history three players have been selected to All-Regional honors.
Pratt's 1st Team selection qualifies her All-American honors with voting taking place with 1st team recipients from the other regions across the country. The NFCA All-America Team will be announced later this month.
Pratt was selected at shortstop while Klobosits was named at starting pitcher and Simmeth in the outfield.
Pratt, who was named the PSAC Central Player of the Year earlier in the week, was one of the most feared players in NCAA Division II this season.
The junior led the PSAC in home runs (17), RBIs (50) and slugging percentage (.888) while ranking second in doubles (13), seventh in runs scored (38) and ninth in batting average (.396).
Pratt set MU single-season records in home runs, RBIs and extra base hits (31). She also made her mark on the Mansfield career record book by setting the all-time home runs (32), doubles (35), extra base hits (71) and RBIs (115) marks in just her third season at Mansfield.
A senior, Klobosits had perhaps the finest season for a pitcher in school history.
The lefty posted a 12-6 overall record with a 2.23 ERA. In 23 games this season, Klobosits threw 122.1 innings striking out a school-record 134 batters while issuing just 38 walks.
She was a three -time PSAC Central Pitcher of the Week selection and she limited opponent batters to just a .218 batting average.
Simmeth was named to PSAC Central honors earlier in the week. The speedy centerfielder was among the top players in the PSAC on the year.
The junior earned All-PSAC Central outfielder honors in back-to-back seasons after posting the second highest batting average on the team at .339.
Simmeth was especially dangerous in PSAC play where she hit a team-best .375 clip with a .466 on base percentage in the toughest division in the PSAC. The junior ranked 10th in the conference in total runs scored with 36.
Mansfield clinched a piece of the PSAC Central title along with Bloomsburg and Lock Haven this season. The Mountaineers won 11 of their final 14 regular season games to advance to the PSAC playoffs for just the second time in school history.
Mansfield finished with an overall 25-15 record, the most wins in a season since posting 27 victories in 2002.