AMHERST, Mass. – Four Amherst College softball players were named a 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England selection including Gina Pagan '18 and Lauren Tuiskula '17 who picked up First-Team honors, while Sammy Salustri '19 earned Second Team and Kyra Naftel '19 Third Team, respectively.
Each player was an All-NESCAC recipient this season, with Pagan and Naftel collecting First Team all-conference successes while Salustri and Tuiskula earned Second Team.
Pagan's latest postseason accolade was being named the NCAA Regional Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after recording a 0.53 ERA and fanning 21 batters in regional action en route to the Mammoths first-ever NCAA Regional Title. Ranking 29th in the nation in victories and 36th in hits allowed per seven innings, the Orinda, Calif. native also earned NESCAC Pitcher of the Year while garnering her first all-conference nod this season.
Tuiskula, a first-time All-NESCAC and All-Region recipient, posted her best season with a team-leading on-base percentage (.469) and runs scored (37) and is currently second on the team in hits (55) and batting average (.420). The Leicester, Mass. native recently broke into the program's record books ranking third all-time in runs and hits in a single-season.
Salustri, a sophomore second baseman garnered Second Team All-Region accolades and was a Second Team all-conference honoree. The first conference player to earn back-to-back honors as the Defensive Player of the Year, the Pleasanton, Calif. native posted a .978 fielding percentage in the regular season committing just three errors on 135 total chances. Salustri ranks second in most walks drawn in a single-season with 15 and has struck out just three times in 119 at bats which ranks 39 in the nation for toughest to strike out.
Naftel wraps up the All-Region honors for the Mammoths earning Third Team honors after a repeat All-NESCAC First Team selection. Logging 16 multi-hit games and totaling 68 bases, the sophomore is the program's all-time leader in hits in a single-season with 61. The Santa Clarita, Calif. native leads the team in batting average (.433), hits (61), and stolen bases (25).
The Mammoths are in the midst of a record breaking season after finishing as the NESCAC Runner-Up for the first-time ever and claiming the program's first NCAA Regional Title. Posting a 31-10 record thus far, Amherst will host Ramapo in the NCAA Super Regional three-game series, May 18-19 with its first game set for Thursday at 4 p.m.