CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern outfielder Jade Gandara became the first CSU softball player to earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region honors as the junior athlete was recognized on the Second Team in the Southeast Region on Thursday afternoon.
Gandara paced the Bucs on the year and finished third in the Big South in both batting average (.395) and slugging percentage (.741) on her way to earning First Team All-Conference accolades. She was also in the top 10 in the conference in on-base percentage, hits, RBI, triples, home runs, and total bases.
Her 14 home runs was the fifth-most by a CSU player in a single season and she finished the year in the top 10 in multiple career categories in earning her second consecutive First Team All-Conference recognition.
A total of 389 players from 164 different softball programs nationally have been selected to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-Region teams. The all-region teams were voted upon by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all honorees are now eligible to be chosen for one of the three 2018 NFCA Division I All-America teams. The NFCA All-America squads will be announced on May 30.