Friday, May 15, 2009

University of Albany's Butsch and McIntosh Named to NFCA Division I All-Northeast Region First Team - UAlbany Sports 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Hanover, N.H. – Senior third baseman Meagan Butsch and junior pitcher Leah McIntosh were both named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Northeast Region First Team, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday, May 14. Both student-athletes helped the Great Danes set a school record for winning 38 games and advance to the championship round of the America East Conference Tournament for the fifth straight season.

Butsch earned her first all-regional selection after being named the America East co-player of the year as well as garnering spots on the all-conference first team and all-championship squad. The senior broke school records for home runs in a career (31) and a single season (16). She led the league in home runs, runs scored (50), on-base percentage (.492), slugging percentage and tied for first in RBI (44). Butsch finished her career ranked second all-time in RBI (121), tied for third in doubles (31) and fifth in hits (177) and runs scored (123).

McIntosh, who was a second-team all-regional selection in 2008, was the fourth Great Dane in the past seven seasons to be honored as the America East pitcher of the year. The junior, who was also placed on the all-conference first team for the second straight time, hurled a national-best four perfect games as well as 10 shutouts this season. She broke the Division I program records for career strikeouts (621) and no-hitters (6) while leading the league with a 1.34 ERA and averaging 10.7 strikeouts per seven innings. It marked the second straight season she ranked first in America East in both categories, while her mark for strikeouts is also fourth in the country.

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