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Four From Rochester Softball Earn ECAC Accolades

Four From Rochester Softball Earn ECAC Accolades

From University of Rochester Athletics

The awards keep coming for the 2014 University of Rochester softball squad.

On Thursday, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the 2014 Division III Upstate All-Stars with four members from Rochester being honored, including UR taking two of the three major awards.

Senior 1B Nina Korn took home Player of the Year honors while freshman P/3B Eleni Wechsler was tabbed as Rookie of the Year.  Senior 2B Tayler Fravel was awarded 1st Team honors in addition to junior P/IF Brittany Grage making the 2nd Team.

Korn was selected to the 1st team for her record setting 2014 campaign in which she batted .462 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI, 11 doubles and an .879 slugging percentage. Korn also registered a .997 fielding percentage, making just one error in 376 total attempts at first base.  She set single season UR records for average, slugging, on-base percentage, home runs, RBI, walks and fielding percentage.  Korn also is the Rochester program leader in hits, RBI, home runs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging and double plays.  This season she was awarded 1st Team All-American honors from the NFCA, was Liberty League Player of the Year for the second straight season and 1st Team All-Region.  During the postseason, Korn was named Most Outstanding Player during the Liberty League Tournament and during NCAA Super Regionals in which she helped lift UR to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Finals.  The ECAC honor is Korn's 3rd of her career after she was named 2nd Team in 2013 and was Rookie of the Year in 2011.

Joining Korn on the 1st Team was Fravel who also enjoyed a stellar year ending her collegiate softball career.  Fravel was selected as a 3rd Team All-American by the NFCA, 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Liberty League.  Finished the year hitting .453 (72-159) with 47 runs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run and 26 RBI and was 12-13 in stolen base attempts.  This year Fravel set new school records for hits and triples in a season.  She made it a clean sweep of awards during the NCAA Tournament as she was named to the All-Regional, All-Super Regional and All-NCAA Final teams, helping UR advance the furthest it has ever gone in NCAA play.

Wechesler was selected to the 2nd Team by the ECAC and was named Rookie of the Year following her season of impressive play both in the pitchers circle and in the batters box.  In 2014, she went 15-5 with 1.76 ERA in 131 innings on the rubber, while only allowing 104 hits (.209 opponents average), 49 runs (33 earned) and 37 walks while striking out 104 batters.  The freshman tossed 11 complete games and had seven shutouts while hitting .359 (47-131) at the plate with 18 runs, 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 32 RBI.  She was on the mound in the clinching games of the Liberty League Tournament, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals, helping the Yellowjackets advanced farther in NCAA Tournament play than any other softball team in school history.  She earned 2nd Team All-Region awards from the NFCA and was also selected as Liberty League Rookie of the Year.

Grage was the final member of the Yellowjackets to earn ECAC honors, being named to the 2nd Team following her junior season.  This year she compiled a 17-7 record and 1.53 ERA in the pitchers circle.  She made 34 appearances and 24 starts on the rubber, totaling 160.1 innings, with 141 hits allowed, 56 runs (35 earned) allowed, while striking out 123 to issuing just 36 walks.  Grage threw 16 complete games and had nine shutouts for a new single-season UR record.  She was named 1st Team All-Region, Liberty League Pitcher of the Year and was an All-Conference 1st Team member.