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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A total of four Capital University softball players have been included on this year's set of National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region teams. Highlighting the list are first teamers LeAnna Cotton and Kelsey Swain, while Maura Rose and Brooklyn Staten have been dubbed second team selections.
Cotton, a recent graduate that hails from Okeechobee, Fla, was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year and an all-conference first team selection, last week. With a new Capital and OAC record 72 runs batted in and program record 17 doubles, Cotton slugged her way to a First Team All-Central Region selection. Her incredible season also featured new career highs in hits (61), runs (34), home runs (10), and batting average (.459).
Swain comes off of becoming a four-time All-OAC selection and a first-time First Team All-OAC honoree and joins Cotton on the First Team All-Central team. The Pickerington, Ohio native also set a new OAC and Capital record with 12 triples this season, and broke other school marks that include career triples (20), single-season runs scored (61) and career runs scored (165).
On the NFCA Second Team All-Central Region list were Maura Rose and junior Brooklyn Staten.
Staten (Grove City, Ohio) ended the year as a First Team All-OAC selection, as well, serving as one of four Capital players to hit .400 or better on the year. She was third on the team in hits (52), second in stolen bases (11) and finished with 23 RBIs. As the Crusaders' second baseman, she sported a .963 fielding percentage and helped turn four double plays.
Rose was nominated as a catcher where she began the year and played for a majority of the season. Rose was named All-OAC honorable mention after setting a career high with 49 RBIs and sharing the league lead in home runs with 10. Midway through the season, she came from behind the plate to play first base, where she recorded a combined fielding percentage of .988.
Swain and Staten now stand out as two-time all-region selections, becoming the fourth and fifth players to do so since 2001. A total of six players have accomplished that feat in the program's history, the most recent being Devan Boggs in 2013.
With placed on the First Team All-Central squad, Swain and Cotton and now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced on May 21.