Fox earns spot on Great Lakes all-region first team

Ally Fox all-region graphic.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Ally Fox of Marian University softball has earned a spot on the Great Lakes all-region first team as a second baseman, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Wednesday.

Fox (Greenville, Wis.) had a dominant season at the plate proving herself as one of the best hitters in the NACC.  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 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 all-region teams can be viewed at https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8187:nfca-ncaa-division-iii-2019-all-region-teams-revealed&catid=148&Itemid=149.

This is the second time Fox has been named all-region after earning a spot on the second team a season ago.