SALEM, Va.--(5/18/12)--Junior designated player Holli Bastinck has been named a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) at the national championship banquet in Salem, Va.
Bastinck becomes just the second Coast Guard softball player to earn first team All-America honors joining Hayley Feindel who earned the honor last season. Bastinck earned one of three at-large spots on the first team.
Of the eight teams participating in the tournament, seven placed at least one student-athlete on the All-American squad. Championship squads Tufts and Linfield led the way with four nods each, while fellow participant Luther had three. In all, a total of 28 teams across the country claimed one of the 46 spots.
Bastinck helped Coast Guard win its third straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship by leading the NEWMAC with a .452 batting average and 70 hits. She was tied for the conference lead with 10 homers while driving in 50 runs and leading the Bears with a .697 slugging percentage. Bastinck was named to both the NFCA and the New England Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) First team All-region teams earlier in the week.
Coast Guard, the sixth seed in the NEWMAC tournament, won five straight games to win the championship earning its fourth straight NCAA tournament berth. The Bears finished the season 28-19.
It marks the third straight season the Coast Guard has had a player earn NFCA All-America honors as Amanda Frederick and Hayley Feindel both earned third team honors in 2010 while Feindel was a first team selection last season.