Louisville, Ky. – Three members of the Transylvania softball team have received All-Region recognition by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
Transylvania softball sophomore Kameron Bowling was named to the NFCA Division III All-Region First Team as a pitcher, senior shortstop Brittany Mumford was named to the Second Team, and senior outfielder Shelby Gambrell was selected to the Third Team.
Bowling and Gambrell were each named to the All-Region teams for the first time in their careers. It is the third consecutive all-region honor for Mumford, who was named All-Region First team in her junior season of 2018 and was selected to the All-Region Third team as an at-large player in 2017.
Bowling, a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky (Holy Cross HS) was one of 15 players and one of two pitchers chosen to the Central Region's First Team, one of eight regions represented in the awards.
Bowling earned her way onto the All-Region First team by dominating the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference throughout the year with accuracy and longevity.
For the 2019 season, Bowling pitched an HCAC-leading 179.1 innings, registering 164 total strikeouts against 58 walks while putting together a win-loss record of 19-8 to go with three saves.
The sophomore registered 19 complete games and five shutouts, and posted a 1.72 ERA, a mark that was fourth best in the HCAC. Bowling registered 10 strikeouts three times over the HCAC slate and tallied a season-high 15 strikeouts in the Pioneers' 12-inning victory over Emory & Henry in the NCAA Regionals last weekend.
At the end of the regular season, Bowling was named the HCAC Pitcher of the Year for softball after leading the Pioneers to a 29-13 season and their third straight NCAA Tournament berth.
By qualifying for a First Team All-Region position, Bowling is eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 22 online at NFCA.org.
Mumford, a senior from Louisville, Ky. (Christian Academy) propelled the Transylvania offense to a stellar season in the HCAC this season. Mumford ranked fourth in the conference in hits (49), ninth in RBI (25), and tallied 11 doubles, four triples, and four home runs.
Gambrell, a senior from Owenton, Kentucky (Owen Co.), wrapped up her career with a strong season patrolling centerfield for the Pioneers. Gambrell tallied 55 putouts and registered a 1.000 fielding percentage on the season.
Gambrell also provided a boost for Transylvania at the plate, tallying 40 hits, 22 RBI, and a team-leading 21 stolen bases on the season.
The trio launched the Pioneers further into its richest era in program history; the 2019 season marked the first time ever in which the program qualified for the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive campaigns.
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