Moon Township, Pa. – Junior Nicole Sleith of the Robert Morris University softball team was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection as announced in a release by the organization Thursday.
Sleith, a Yough graduate, earned a spot on the Third Team in the Great Lakes Region. With her selection, she becomes the first Colonial ever to win NFCA All-Region awards in three different seasons.
The all-region teams were voted on by head coaches from each respective region, and all honorees now become eligible for the 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
Sleith, who is the only Colonial ever to be named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year more than once, earned this distinction in a Great Lakes Region that consists of seven schools bound for the NCAA Tournament this year.
Sleith's most eye-catching outing of the season came when she yielded just four hits and one earned run in 7.1 innings against UCLA, a squad that sits second in the nation in winning percentage and ranks among the top 10 nationally in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs per game. She also twirled a three-hit shutout against Western Kentucky, a squad among the top 80 in the RPI, and tossed an eight-inning no-hitter against Villanova.
Sleith ranked among the single-season top 10 at RMU in ERA, strikeouts, shutouts and complete games this past season. She currently owns a 1.55 career ERA and has notched 56 wins, 18 shutouts and 636 strikeouts in her career to date, all marks which rank among the top four in RMU history.
Sleith's selection marks the seventh time in RMU history in which a pitcher has been named all-region. She is one of 13 distinct Colonials to earn an all-region honor in her career.
Sleith was also recently named Capital One Academic All-District First Team for her combined athletic and academic prowess and is on the ballot for Academic All-America honors.
(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)