PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Northeast Region First Team.
Childress, who divided her time between catcher, left field and designated player this season, was named to the first team as a designated player. Earlier this month, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team.
Childress led Rutgers this season with a .350 batting average, 12 home runs, 29 runs-batted-in, 26 runs scored and a .657 slugging percentage. She ranked third in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in home runs, sixth in batting average and 10th in on-base percentage (.407) in the BIG EAST. Childress, a two-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights after transferring from Florida Community College, owns the RU single-season (12, 2004) and career (20) home run records.
This marks Childress’ second consecutive NFCA all-region honor, earning second-team accolades last year. She will now be considered for NFCA All-America honors, which will be announced at the College World Series later this month.
Rutgers finished the 2004 season with a 25-29-1 overall record and an 8-12 mark in the BIG EAST.
2004 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Northeast Region Awards
Megan Meyer, Seton Hall, P
Heather Beintema, Rider, P
Megan Evans, Virginia Tech, C
Kristen Brust, Stony Brook, 1B
Laura Leonetti, Brown, 2B
Hayley Durham, Stony Brook, 3B
Jamie Haas, Boston Univ., SS
Amanda Tu, Rider, OF
Robin Flier, Villanova, OF
Tanya Rose, Syracuse, OF
Nikki Childress, Rutgers, DP
Cori Van Dusen, Providence, UT