Program-record three Hilltoppers named to NFCA All-Region Team

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – WKU Softball saw a program-record three Hilltoppers named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Team, the organization announced Thursday. Taylor Davis (outfielder), Shelby Nunn (pitcher) and Taylor Sanders (third baseman) all landed Third Team honors following highly successful 2022 campaigns.

The trio helped WKU to a 38-13 overall record and 17-7 mark in Conference USA games. The Hilltoppers’ .745 win percentage was a new single-season program record. Additionally, the Red and White put on a show for the home crowds at the WKU Softball Complex, posting a program-best 23-2 record in home games.

 A First Team All-Conference USA and All-Tournament Team pick, Nunn added another accolade to her lengthy list of accomplishments. The fifth-year pitcher owned a C-USA best 1.87 ERA to go along with her 23-7 record across 180 innings of work. Nunn earned three C-USA Pitcher of the Week accolades in addition to being named a Louisville Slugger/Wilson NFCA Top Performance back on March 22. Nunn is the only pitcher across Division I softball to own a complete-game win over No. 5 Alabama while allowing zero earned runs. The Bowling Green, Ky. native has racked up 16 complete-game outings, six solo shut outs, four combined shut outs and 120 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .224 batting average. Nunn was a C-USA Second Team honoree in 2021 and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team back in 2018. She also earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Softball Team and was the Preseason Pitcher of the Year this season.

 Another Preseason All-Conference selection for the Hilltoppers was Davis who landed Second Team All-C-USA honors. The leftfield patroller owned a team-best .397 batting average to go along with 62 hits, 42 runs scored, 19 RBI, 12 walks, 11 sac hits and 20 stolen bases. She owns a .984 fielding percentage along with a .447 on-base percentage and .436 slugging rate. Davis played in all 51 games and started all but one in her senior season. She earned national recognition with the Louisville Slugger/Wilson NFCA Top Performance following the Tops’ sweep of UTEP. The Madison, Ala., native posted a team-best 19 multi-hit games along with four multi-RBI games as the Hilltoppers’ two-hole hitter. She’s racked up a nine-game hitting streak and 17-game reached base streak.

Joining Davis with Second Team All-Conference honors is the Tops’ third baseman, Sanders. The Shelbyville, Tenn., native owned WKU’s third-best batting average at .347 while starting in all but one game this season. Sanders racked up 50 hits, 35 runs scored, 12 doubles, 11 homers and a program-record 54 RBI. She’s drawn 23 combined free bases while operating at a .427 on-base percentage. She’s added four sac flies and two sac hits as well as stealing five bases. Sanders slugged .660 to go along with a .960 fielding percentage at the hot corner. Across the season, Sanders racked up 13 multi-hit games along with 13 multi-RBI games.

The All-Region nods mark the first for all three Hilltoppers’ careers and bring WKU Softball’s program total to 16.

WKU SOFTBALL ALL-TIME ALL-REGION HONOREES

2003 – Shelly Floyd – First Team – Second Base

2009 – Ryan Rogge – First Team – Pitcher

2013 – Olivia Watkins – First Team – Second Base

2013 – Emily Rousseau – Second Team – Pitcher

2014 – Olivia Watkins – Third Team – Second Base

2015 – Miranda Kramer – First Team – Pitcher

2015 – Larissa Franklin – First Team – Outfielder

2016 – Brooke Holloway – Third Team – Shortstop

2018 – Jordan Thomas – Third Team – Outfielder

2019 – Kennedy Sullivan – Second Team – Utility/Pitcher

2019 – Kendall Smith – Third Team – Catcher

2021 – Paige Carter – Second Team – Outfielder

2021 – Kennedy Sullivan – Third Team – Utility/Pitcher

2022 – Taylor Davis – Third Team – Outfielder

2022 – Shelby Nunn – Third Team – Pitcher

2022 – Taylor Sanders – Third Team – Third Base