From University of Rochester Athletics
University of Rochester seniors Nina Korn and Tayler Fravel have
been named to the 2014 All-America Softball Team by the National
Fastpitch Coaches Association. Korn was named a First Team
All-American. Fravel was named to the Third Team.
Korn is a Rochester native who played scholastically at Greece Athena High School. She has four varsity letters for softball. Fravel is finishing her second season at Rochester. She played softball for two years at Tompkins Community College, earning junior college All-America honors there in each year. She transferred to Rochester in January, 2013, and started at third base last season. She is a native of Sandy Creek, NY and played scholastically at Sandy Creek HS.
The announcement was made at the NCAA Division III Softball Championships pre-game banquet on Wednesday evening. Rochester is making its first finals appearance and its fifth NCAA playoff appearance overall in the 17-year-history of the program.
The women, who form the right side of Rochester's infield – Korn at first base, Fravel at second base – were named First Team All-Region by the NFCA earlier this spring. Rochester had four All-Region players: Korn, Fravel, and junior Brittany Grage (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) on the First Team, freshman Eleni Wechsler (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley) on the Second Team.
Korn and Fravel are the third and fourth Rochester softball players to earn All-America accolades. Outfielder Jessica Sorrentino was selected in 2008. Pitcher Beth Ameno was chosen in 2009. Both Sorrentino and Ameno were Third Team All-Americans.
In all, 15 Rochester athletes have been recognized as All-Americans this year, covering five sports. Two Rochester women are competing at the Division III Track and Field national championships this week. Superior performances could result in All-America honors for them. (Cameron Edwards in the 400 intermediate hurdles, Emily VanDenburgh in the long jump).
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Senior First Baseman
High School: Greece Athena
NFCA All-Region honors in all four years – First Team in 2011 and 2014, Second Team in 2012 and 2013… Liberty League Player of the Year, 2013, 2014… Most Outstanding Player, 2014 Liberty League Championships… Most Outstanding Player, NCAA Super Regionals (2014)… Twice named to NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team (2012, 2014)… First Team All-University Athletic Association, 2011 through 2014… UAA All-Tournament Team, 2011-2012… Counting the Super Regionals, she has averaged more than one RBI a game for her career (175 RBIs in 161 games)… Rochester's career leader in nine offensive categories – batting average (.408), slugging pct. (.763), on-base pct. (.492), base hits (205), home runs (40), RBIs (175), total bases (384), walks (78), and intentional walks (16)… In her senior year, she has 14 HRs (breaking her own record of 13 set in 2013), 58 RBIs (single-season record), has drawn 31 walks (7 intentional – both are school records)… batting team-high .469 (60-128) with 47 runs scored (tied for team lead), 11 doubles (second), one triple, 14 HRs, 115 total bases (slugging pct. of .898)… Hit safely in 21 of the last 22 games dating back to April 18 in game one of a DH at RPI – 0-1, walked twice, scored three runs. The only time she was hitless was May 10 in NCAA Regional Elimination Round, a 4-3 win over Messiah (0-2)… Over that 22-game span, she is hitting .565 (39-69) with 42 RBIs, eight doubles, and 10 home runs… Since the Liberty League playoffs began on May 1, Korn is hitting .586 (17-29) in 12 games (Rochester is 10-2) with three doubles, five home runs, and 26 RBIs… As a freshman, she led Division III in doubles per game with 17 in 32 games (0.53 per game).
HS: Attended Greece Athena High School in Greece, NY (northwest suburbs of Rochester) ...Played first base for the Trojans, and was named to the All-County softball team each of her four years...Also played guard for the basketball team.
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Senior Second Baseman
Sandy Creek, N.Y.
High School: Sandy Creek
NFCA First Team All-Region honors in 2014… Named to NCAA Regionals All-Tournament Team and Super Regionals All-Tournament Team… University Athletic Association All-Tournament Team, 2014… First Team All-Liberty League, 2014…First Team All-UAA, 2014… batting .450 (68-151) with 46 runs scored, 12 doubles (team leader), five triples (team leader), one HR, 93 total bases (slugging pct. of .616)… Hit safely in 10 of the last 13 games dating back to April 27 in game two of a DH at Ithaca… Twenty-four multi-hit games, 10 with three or more hits… has handled 75 of last 77 chances in the field cleanly (.974) covering 21 games… Hit .293 as a junior last year after transferring to the University in January, 2013.
At Tompkins Cortland CC 2012: Named 2nd Team NJCAA All-American after hitting .444 (67-151) with 12 doubles, 4 HR and 35 RBI...She set a school record for runs scored in a season with 61... 67 hits was one short of single season school record... Led the Panthers with 13 stolen bases in 13 attempts... Only struck out six times in starting all 40 games at shortstop.
At Tompkins Cortland CC 2011: Named NJCAA All-American as a freshman... Started all 38 games for the Panthers and hit .416 (57-137) with 36 runs, 13 doubles and 16 RBI... Was a perfect 7-7 stealing bases, tying for the team lead... Helped TC3 to a 34-8 record on the year.
HS: Attended Sandy Creek Central where she played softball and soccer for the Comets... Named team captain in both sports her senior year in addition to being softball captain as a junior... Named softball MVP as a senior...Was a 2-time Section III All-Star for softball.
Full NFCA All-American Teams