MEDFORD - The five Tufts University softball players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region teams on Monday are the most for the Jumbos since 2015, and it's the second-most in the region.
Sophomore pitcher Sophia DiCocco, junior shortstop Josie Steinberg and junior center fielder Michelle Adelman are on the first team. Sophomore pitcher Sky Johnson made the second team and sophomore Bela Jimenez (pictured) is a DP on the third team. Adelman receives her second All-Region honor (second team 2021), as does DiCocco who was third team in 2021. It's the first regional recognition for the other three.
Head Coach Lauren Ebstein's team just hosted and won an NCAA Regional and is 35-10 heading into the Super Regionals this weekend at WPI. Tufts was the NESCAC runner-up after an 11-1 East Division record.
DiCocco, NESCAC's Pitcher of the Year, is 17-5 with a 0.99 earned run average in 169.2 innings. She's walked just 13 batters. Adelman, who was named Most Oustanding Player at the NCAA Regional after sluggling 1.625 in three games, is hitting .371 with 51 runs scored and 30 batted in during 45 games. She's hit 12 doubles, seven triples and five home runs. Steinberg was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year at shortstop and is batting .393 with 44 rbis and 29 runs scored in 44 games. Her power numbers include 11 doubles, five triples and two home runs.
In her first season, Johnson is 16-4 in the circle with a 1.75 era and 122 strike outs in 112 innings. Jimenez settled into the #3 spot in the Tufts battng order and is hitting .340 with 22 runs scored in 35 games.
Tufts' three first team selections are tied with Middlebury for the most in the region. Only Johnson & Wales with six honorees (four second team) has more overall.