LOUISVILLE, KY- Stephen F. Austin junior first baseman Brittany Lewis has been selected to the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Central Region Second Team, the organization announced on Thursday morning. Lewis' first career regional honor is also the first for SFA since Kendal Harper cracked the second team in 2010.
The NFCA all-region awards are presented to softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions broken down into first, second and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2016 NFCA Division I All-American squads.
Lewis was voted onto the 12-member central region second team at the first base position after a huge junior campaign. In 57 games overall in 2016, the Allen, Texas native (Lovejoy HS) compiled a team-high .368 batting average with 29 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 53 RBI. She boasted a .655 slugging percentage and a .452 on-base percentage, stole five bases in as many attempts and was sure-handed in the field with a .993 fielding percentage.
During her offensive tear through 2016, Lewis broke her own single season RBI record for SFA with a whopping 53 RBI in 57 games. She shattered her own program mark with the total and now boasts 138 career RBI – also a school record.
Lewis finished runner-up in the 2016 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year voting and was a First Team All-SLC pick after establishing herself as one of the biggest offensive threats in the league. In 26 conference games, she led the SLC in batting average (.500), RBI (32), hits (38) and total bases (74) while ranking second in slugging (.974) and on-base percentage (.587) and third in home runs (9).
She hit safely in 22 straight SLC contests from March 13 – May 1 and launched two grand slams on the year.
Lewis helped the Ladyjacks finish the season with a 13-13 record in league play and earn the No. 5 seed in the SLC Tournament. SFA beat No. 4 Central Arkansas, No. 6 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Nicholls to reach the semifinals in the tourney but exited there to end 2016 with a 28-29 overall record.