Louisville, Ky. - Transylvania softball junior pitcher Renae Morton has been selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region third team, the NFCA announced Monday evening.
Morton (Olivet, Mich. / Olivet HS) has posted one of the finest seasons in Transylvania softball history in earning the prestigious All-Region award handed out by the official organization comprising coaches at all levels of NCAA collegiate softball.
For the 2017 season, Morton led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in multiple statistics during conference play, including innings pitched (65) and strikeouts (62). In 18 conference games, Morton was second in strikeouts per seven innings (6.68), second in wins (6), and third in earned-run average in conference with a 1.40 ERA.
For the overall 2017 season, Morton ranks first among HCAC pitchers in innings pitched (188.0 IP), strikeouts (175), and is second in earned-run average (1.53 ERA). Morton has posted these numbers against just 32 walks allowed for the year.
Morton currently ranks in the top-18 nationally in strikeouts, and has six shutouts on the season.
Some indelible highlights of Morton's season include pitching a no-hitter against #4 Luther in a 1-0 Pioneers victory on March 18, and most recently a pair of shutouts pitched versus #2 Berry in the NCAA regional. Morton pitched all 19 innings for the Pioneers at the Mount Berry regional this past weekend as Transylvania went 3-0, winning its first NCAA Tournament regional in program history.
Morton has currently pitched the last 39 innings for the Pioneers, a span over which Transylvania has gone 6-0, all in postseason tournament action. Of Morton's 37 appearances, she has sealed up 22 complete game performances.
The junior currently holds a record of 20-7, and has also notched two saves over 37 appearances, putting her durability and versatility on full display for the Pioneers and their opposition.
Morton is the lone Pioneer to win All-Region accolades in 2017, following in the footsteps of infielders Krista DeBurger and Brittany Mumford in 2016.
The All-Region award marks the third trophy Morton has accumulated over the past three days, placing it alongside her team's regional championship and being named the Mount Berry regional Most Valuable Player.
Morton leads the Pioneers into battle this weekend at her home locale of Hall Field as Transylvania prepares to host Illinois Wesleyan University in a super regional beginning May 19 at 4:00 p.m. The two-day best-of-three series will determine one of eight teams who advance to the Division III Softball Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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