LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced the 2014 NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. A total of 392 players from 158 different programs comprise this season’s regional teams. University of Hawai’i first baseman Leisha Li’ili’i earned second team honors for the first time of her career.
Li’ili’i (Kane’ohe, O’ahu/Castle HS) started all 50 games at first base while batting clean-up for Hawai’i in 2014. She led UH with a career-high .401 batting average, 15 home runs, .796 slugging percentage, and .523 on-base percentage. Li’ili’i also had team-highs with 55 hits, 39 RBI, and 34 walks to just 14 strike outs. She reached safely in 46 of UH’s 50 games this season—including the last 26 straight which includes the entire Big West season. The junior also had the teams’ longest hitting streak of the season (13) and led the Rainbow Wahine with 15 multiple-hit and eight multiple-RBI games. Li’ili’i ranked third in the Big West in batting average, second in home runs and tied for third in RBIs. In league play, she escalated her prowess at the plate, hitting .439 in 21 Big West games with seven home runs and 19 RBI.
Li’ili’i was one of eight Big West players to earn West Region honors. It is the 10th straight season that the Rainbow Wahine have been represented on the all-West Region team. She is the 53rd selection from Hawai’i to earn NFCA all-Region honors. Earlier this week, Li’ili’i earned Big West all-conference first team honors.
The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams. The 2014 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 28, via NFCA.org.