LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Franklin College senior softball players Olivia Paszek and Alexis Tarver were recently announced as Third Team All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
The duo are two of 360 Division III softball players from around the nation to collect all-region accolades from the NFCA after helping the Grizzlies to a 30-12 record, the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship and the program's first ever NCAA Regional appearance.
Senior pitcher Paszek became the first Grizzly softball player to earn three NFCA all-region selections with her nomination to the third team. The Franklin, Ind.-native went 18-4 with a 2.03 earned run average, 130 strikeouts and 20 complete games while logging 137.2 innings in the circle. Paszek pitched the Grizzlies to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in her final career appearance, twirling a three-hit shutout against Greenville on May 12.
She closed her career with a 54-22 record, striking out 442 batters over 488.2 innings and finishing with a sparkling 2.11 earned run average. Paszek was named to the Central Region's third team in 2015 and 2017 and is also a three-time All-HCAC pitcher.
Tarver was a force in the Franklin lineup in 2018, batting .395 with a team-leading five home runs and 45 runs batted to earn her first career all-region award. Tarver started all 42 games for the Grizzlies, recording a .490 on-base percentage and a team-high .653 slugging percentage. Additionally, she finished with a .960 fielding percentage, recording 35 put outs and 85 assists on the year.
The Indianapolis, Ind.-native finished her two-year career in Franklin with a .379 average, 16 home runs and 92 RBI over an 85-game period. A two-time First Team All-HCAC selection, Tarver drove home the winning run in the HCAC Championship game, a 1-0 win over Transylvania University back on May 5.