LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Ally Fox of Marian University softball is now one of only 10 student-athletes still in the running for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year award, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
"We're so happy for Ally to receive this great honor after her historic season," commented head softball coach Tony Draves. "She had a great year in 2018, but chose to challenge herself to get better in so many facets of her game this season, and we couldn't be happier that she's being recognized nationally for it."
Fox (Greenville, Wis.) had a dominant season at the plate proving herself as one of the best hitters in not only the NACC but the nation. She ranked fourth in the country, second in the NACC, with 71 hits on the season posting the best batting average in the conference, eighth-best in the nation, at .511. Fox also posted the highest on-base percentage in the NACC while ranking 13th in the country at .567. Her .612 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the conference as she went on to record 85 total bases, third in the NACC.
Her .511 batting average was the first time in program history a Sabre hitter finished above .500 for the category, while her 71 hits also set a program record becoming the first Sabre to ever record more than 70 hits. The .567 on-base percentage she posted was the second-highest for a single season in Sabre history marking only the sixth time in Marian history a hitter recorded an on-base percentage above .500.
Her impact went beyond her bat as she led the NACC with 28 stolen bases on the season setting a single-season Marian record. She also set an all-time record for stolen bases in Sabre softball history posting 74 swipes in her three seasons.
On her career, Fox finished with the highest batting average in program history at .446, only the third hitter in program history to have a career batting average above .400, and the highest on-base percentage at .491. She also posted the fourth-most hits at 177 and seventh-most runs at 113 in program history.
The full list of candidates for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year award can be viewed at https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8193:2019-schutt-sports-nfca-division-iii-national-pitcher-and-player-of-the-year-top-10-announced&catid=148&Itemid=149.
Fox has already brought in a first-team All-NACC selection and first-team All-Great Lakes region honor this offseason. Fox is one of three players from the Great Lakes region to be named a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year award, which is compiled by the NFCA Division III All-America committee. The winner will be announced following the completion of the NCAA championship finals from Tyler, Texas.