UHV softball players earn all-region honors

Three members of the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team have earned recognition on the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA Southwest All-Region team.

Kelly King

Junior infielder Kelly King was selected to the first team at-large, while junior pitcher Emily Bergstrom was selected to the second team as designated player and senior first baseman Courtney Pettit was selected to the second team at-large.

The three were among the 32 players selected from the Southwest Region for the honor. In all, 160 student-athletes representing 65 institutions were chosen for either first or second team in each of the five National Fastpitch Coaches Association regions.

Emily Bergstrom

NFCA member coaches in each of the five regions select the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region teams and honorees are now eligible to be selected as either a first or second team All-American.

King (Delta, British Columbia, Canada) finished the season with a .361 batting average and had 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 27 RBI, 25 runs scored and a .511 slugging percentage.

Courtney Pettit

Bergstrom (El Campo) was the ace in the circle this season for the Jaguars compiling a 20-6 record with a 1.67 ERA. She was twice named the A.I.I. weekly female athlete of the week and was also named the NAIA Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 18. She threw UHV''s first perfect game that week in a win over Huston-Tillotson and finished with seven shutouts and 18 complete games this season.

Pettit (Deer Park) compiled a .372 batting average and led the team with 120 total bases, nine home runs, 20 doubles, 58 RBI and a .612 slugging percentage. She also scored 37 runs and banged out a team-high 73 hits.

2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA Southwest All-Region Team

Following is the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA Southwest All-Region Team:



Pos Player School
P Lilly LaVella Oklahoma City
C Amy Madden Southern Nazarene
1B Katie Gale Southern Nazarene
2B Christen Kirchner Central Baptist
3B Kayla Lucas Central Baptist
SS Davee Croy Oklahoma Christian
OF Erica Gunter Central Baptist
OF Kiara Bonner Central Baptist
OF Dani Bryant Nebraska Wesleyan
DP Mikaela Klein Concordia (NE)
U Amanda Neumann Bellevue
AL Nathalie Timmermans Oklahoma City
AL Tori Joyner Oklahoma City
AL Jessica Bock Central Baptist
AL Kelly King Houston-Victoria
AL Mackenzie Neely Morningside



Pos Player School
P Emma Remy Morningside
C Kayla Jennings Oklahoma City
1B Marcia Kennedy Nebraska Wesleyan
2B Samantha Hernandez Northwood (TX)
3B Clarissa Eloge Concordia (NE)
SS Shelby Mendik Doane
OF Erin Bohlmann Morningside
OF Sarah Peoples Oklahoma Christian
OF Kathryn Wardian Bellevue
DP Emily Bergstrom Houston-Victoria
U Courtney Pettit Houston-Victoria
AL Brooke Ellis Bellevue
AL Hannah Godina Our Lady of the Lake
AL Nicole Baker Concordia (NE)
AL Kylie Helmink Morningside
AL Krista Patton Peru St.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow