HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Tori Benavidez, center fielder from Sam Houston State University, has been named to the 2013 National Fast pitch Coaches’ Association Division I All-Central Region team.
Twenty-seven players from the Central Region were selected to the NFCA squad. Benavidez is the only player from the Southland Conference to be so honored. The senior from Midlothian was named Southland “Player of the Year” and “Hitter of the Year” and was a first-team all-league selection.
Benavidez also was selected to the Southland all-tournament team where the Bearkats were runners-up after finishing third during the league’s regular season.
A total of 263 players from 137 different teams across the nation were selected to the 2013 NFCA Division I All-Region teams.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
The leading hitter for Sam Houston this year, Benavidez produced Sam Houston’s second highest single season batting average in school history with a mark of .406..
Benavidez also set season records for most at bats (202) and hits (82) and produced the second best single season total of runs scored (51).
Benavidez completed her Bearkat career with a four-year batting average of .358, the second highest in in school history.
NFCA 2013 ALL-CENTRAL REGION TEAM
Central First Team
Pos. Name School
P Keilani Ricketts Oklahoma
P Blaire Luna Texas
C Sarah Draheim Louisiana- Lafayette
1B Lauren Chamberlain Oklahoma
2B Olivia Watkins Western Kentucky
3B Taylor Hoagland Texas
SS Taylor Thom Texas
OF Brianna Cherry Louisiana-Lafayette
OF Brianna Turang University Oklahoma
OF Kathy Shelton Baylor
UT/P Kim Bruins Texas
UT Sandy James Texas Tech
Pos. Name School
P Whitney Canion Baylor
P Michelle Gascoigne Oklahoma
P Emily Rousseau Western Kentucky
P Rebecca Villereal Texas Southern
C Mandy Ogle Texas
1B Holly Holl Baylor
2B Thomasina Garza Texas Southern
3B Shelby Pendley University of Oklahoma
SS Nerissa Myers Louisiana-Lafayette
OF Brejae Washington Texas
OF Mikey Kenney Texas Tech
OF Destinee Martinez Oklahoma
OF Tori Benavidez Sam Houston
P Kenzi Tate Tennessee- Martin
UT Erin Kipp Louisiana Tech