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Three Skyhawks are All-Region

Three Skyhawks are All-Region
Three Skyhawks are All-Region | The University of Tennessee at Martin, softball, Jenny Bain, National Fastpitch Coaches Association, All-Central Region First Team, Ohio Valley Conference, Player of the Year, Megan Williams, OVC, Pitcher of the Year, Paij Lintz, Skyhawks, NFCA All-Region Team

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team’s Jenny Bain was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-Central Region First Team, while Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Megan Williams and OVC Pitcher of the Year Paij Lintz were both named to the Second Team. This marks the first time in program history that a Skyhawk has appeared on one of the NFCA’s All-Region Teams.
A total of 256 players from 116 different institutions comprise this season’s NFCA regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. The three Skyhawks mark the only representatives from the OVC on the NFCA’s All-Region teams.
Bain, a sophomore infielder from Hendersonville, becomes the first Skyhawk to ever be named to the NFCA All-Region First Team. She earns her first NFCA honor after making her second consecutive appearance on the All-OVC First Team this year. She ended the year hitting .330 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. Bain was twice named OVC Player of the Week this season and ranked among the top five in eight offensive categories, while leading the league in doubles with 12. In only two seasons Bain has now moved into a tie for No. 2 all-time at UT Martin with 25 career home runs, and her 45 RBI sets the new UT Martin single season record.
Williams, a senior outfielder from Murfreesboro, was named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team a week after becoming the first Skyhawk to earn the OVC’s Player of the Year accolade and leading the conference in seven offensive categories. Highlighting Williams’ accomplishments in 2010 were her OVC-leading batting average of .375 and 72 hits, along with her career-high and league-best 13 home runs. She also recorded 22 multi-hit games, while driving in multiple runs in 11 games. Three times in 2010 Williams hit a walk-off home run, while also accounting for the eventual game-winning run or hit 10 different times.
Williams’ senior season capped off a career where she became UT Martin’s all-time hits (236), triples (11) and total bases leader (371), while ranking among the all-time top five in 13 offensive categories. This also marks the third consecutive year that Williams has been an all-conference selection and the second straight year that she has been an All-OVC First Team member. Williams was named the OVC Player of the Week earlier this season and now that the season is completed she will join a team representing the United States to compete against the US National and Puerto Rican National Teams.
Lintz, a senior pitcher from Lewisburg, joins Williams on the NFCA All-Region Second Team after becoming the first Skyhawk to win the OVC’s Pitcher of the Year award. She was also named to the All-OVC First Team, after previously being selected to the All-Newcomer and All-OVC Second Teams. She compiled an OVC-best record of 25-3, while having re-written the pitching records in her career and this season at UT Martin. This year alone she became the Skyhawks’ all-time winningest pitcher and career strikeouts leader, while also posting the most wins in the conference.
In addition to holding the two most prestigious career pitching records at UT Martin, this season alone, Lintz recorded 174 strikeouts and had seven or more strikeouts in a game nine times, while also tossing 19 complete games with five shutouts. She tallied six one-hit outings and picked up two saves. Lintz was three times named the OVC Pitcher of the Week, which leads all the pitchers in the conference.
 She is ranked among the top 20 in the NCAA for victories this year in addition to ranking among the national top 100 for ERA and shutouts.

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