Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) of The University of Scranton softball team has been honored with multiple awards since completing a record-breaking rookie season for the Royals. Her latest accolade is the most prestigious honor yet as Sweeney was named a Third Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) late Wednesday night.
Sweeney is the first player in Scranton softball history to earn NFCA All-American honors after being selected at the utility position. She was one of just five freshman to claim All-American laurels this spring.
The award caps off an amazing freshman season for Sweeney, who was also an NFCA First Team All-Atlantic Region selection, was named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, and was a First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree.
Sweeney started all 44 games this past spring for Scranton, leading the Royals to a school record 33 wins and an appearance in the Landmark Conference championship round.
At the plate, she batted .386 with 51 hits including 10 doubles and 10 home runs while totaling 35 RBI and 31 runs scored. She also posted a .689 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base percentage.
Sweeney also made 23 pitching starts and logged an 18-4 record with 16 complete games and a 1.88 ERA. She struck out 105 batters in 145.1 inning pitching while limiting opponents to a .224 batting average.
Defensively, she recorded 151 putouts and 62 assists for a .982 fielding percentage.
Sweeney paced Scranton in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBI, home runs, total bases, walks, ERA, innings pitched, pitching strikeouts, wins, pitching appearances, and pitching starts and tied for the team-lead in hits and solo pitching shutouts.
She also ranks among the top-25 single-season marks in 23 different categories highlighted by top-10 performances in wins (1st), pitching starts (1st), pitching strikeouts (2nd), innings pitched (2nd), lowest opponent batting average (2nd), home runs (2nd), pitching appearances (t-2nd), total bases (4th), complete games (5th), RBI (5th), hits (t-5th), at bats (7th), strikeouts per 7-inning game (9th), and shutouts (t-9th).
After just one season at Scranton, Sweeney ranks among the Royals' all-time leaders in nine different categories including ERA (3rd), strikeouts per 7-inning game (3rd), fewest walks allowed per 7-inning game (7th), home runs (9th), strikeouts by a pitcher (9th), wins (10th), pitching starts (19th), innings pitched (16th), and pitching appearances (19th).
The NFCA Division III All-America softball teams were selected from the pool of players who earned first team All-Region recognition by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
To view the entire 2018 NFCA Division III All-American teams, click here.