Senior Duo Collects NFCA All-Region Honors

Olivia Paszek (left) and Alexis Tarver were named to the Central Region's third team
Olivia Paszek (left) and Alexis Tarver were named to the Central Region's third team

NFCA Release

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.