Softball Puts Six on NFCA All-Region Team

Montclair, NJ (5/7/08) – The Montclair State softball team, ranked No. 5 in Division III, spent all year at the top of the East Regional rankings and on Wednesday, six of the players who played an important role in making that happen were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Team.

Senior third baseman Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) and junior shortstop Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ / Linden) each earned their third honor as MSU had five First-Team selections. Joining them were pitcher Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson), second baseman Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) and outfielder Maureen Shockley (Magnolia, NJ / Triton) while junior Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ / Edison) was named as the designate player on the Second Team.

The six players have helped Montclair State to its finest season to date as the Red Hawks have gone 42-4, setting the school record for victories while capturing the NJAC regular-season and tournament championships winning 23 of 24 against conference opponents, including an 18-0 mark during the regular-season.

Ferranti is in the middle of one the best all-round seasons for a Montclair State player in recent memory. Named the NJAC Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference pick (her fourth), she is batting .444 this season with 63 hits, 57 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 37 RBI while drawing a season-record 37 walks and posting slugging and on-base percentages of .761 and .556, respectively. In addition she has stolen 10 bases and successfully handled 119 of 121 chances in the field.

Jimenez, a First-Team All-NJAC pick as well, became the all-time home run leader this season as she now has 35 in her three seasons at MSU. An All-American in '07, she is hitting .374 with 52 hits, 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, six home runs and 33 RBI while drawing 30 walks and swiping eight bases.

McCrea, who received her second All-Region accolade is having another outstanding season as she is 23-3 with a 0.94 ERA and a season record five saves. The righthander, who holds the career strikeout mark and has tied the career win mark (73), has thrown 10 shutouts this season, including three no-hitters while striking out 189 batters in 170.2 innings.

Durkin had a breakout campaign at the plate recording 51 hits, 12 doubles, three triples and 38 RBI whle also scoring 29 times and registering 24 walks. A First-Team All-NJAC pick, Durkin is hitting .381 with a .515 slugging percentage and .472 on-base percentage while fielding at a .987 clip (150 of 152 chances).

Shockley, who like McCrea, is now a two-time All-Region pick has been solid in centerfield for the Red Hawks this season. The left-handed hitting senior is batting .371 with 52 hits, 10 doubles, two homers and 30 RBI while also stealing eight bases and scoring 29 runs.

Karp moved up to the Second Team this year after earning Third-Team honors in 2007. In 46 games this season, Karp is hitting .300 with 39 hits, 29 runs, five triples and 26 RBI, 15 of those coming with two outs. She is batting .300 and has drawn 14 walks.