May 17, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Auburn junior Kristina McCain has been named to the NFCA's South All-Region second team, it was announced Wednesday.
McCain is one of 19 players honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association second team. Twelve players were named to the NFCA's first team.
The junior leads Auburn with a .369 batting average entering the team's game against Ohio State Thursday in Tucson, Ariz. She leads the Southeastern Conference with 35 walks, which is also a career-high for the Mount Olive, Ala., native. Of the Tigers' 54 games this season, McCain has reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 49 contests.
McCain has batted in the leadoff spot for the Tigers in the last 42 games, reaching base in her first at bat 26 times. She leads the team with 18 multiple-hit efforts and is second with eight-multiple RBI games.
McCain's impressive 2006 campaign has landed her squarely in the team's record books. She has 92 walks, which is a team record while her .443 on-base percentage is currently second. McCain has scored 126 runs, which is third all-time, and is tied for seventh with 161 hits.
McCain's honor gives the Tigers at least one player selected to first or second team all-region in the past three seasons and six of seven. McCain is the eighth different Tiger to earn all-region honors.
McCain is one of six players from the Southeastern Conference named to the second team. Ten SEC players help comprise the first team. The all-region teams are voted upon by south region coaches. Players are nominated by their respective teams.
Also Wednesday, the Tigers worked out for an hour and a half at Hillenbrand Stadium, the site of the Tucson Regional. The club spent half the workout in the batting cages before working out directly on the field to prepare for Thursday's game.
"It was very hot today, which is something we wanted to get adjusted to," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We looked good and we were able to get used to the field as well. Now, we need to prepare for Ohio State, who will be a big opponent for us tomorrow."
Auburn is slated to open up the Tucson Regional with a 6 p.m. CT., contest against Ohio State. The game can be heard live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com and by tuning into 910-AM (WZMG). Live stats will also be available on www.auburntigers.com.