Van Meter, Fournier & Siciliano Receive NFCA All-Region Honors in Softball

Kristi Van Meter
Samantha Siciliano
Raven Fournier

MEDFORD – After a run to the NCAA Regional finals and a 32-10 finish, the Tufts University softball team placed three players on the 2018 National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England teams.

Freshman Kristi Van Meter is one of just two pitchers on the NFCA All-New England first team. Senior C/1B Raven Fournier and senior 2B Samantha Siciliano earned a second team selection.

Fournier received her fourth consecutive All-New England accolade. She was on the NFCA All-Region first team from 2015-17. Van Meter and Siciliano are receiving their first All-Region honors.

Van Meter's 1.09 earned run average in her freshman season is ranked second among New England pitchers. She finished 15-5 and struck out 149 batters in 135 innings. Allowing just 89 hits, her 4.61 hits allowed per seven innings is also one of the top marks in the region. She was NESCAC's Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Conference pick earlier this spring.

Fournier was on base more than half the time this season with a .526 percentage. She hit .381 in addition to walking 20 times and being hit by 13 pitches. A four-time All-Conference first team honoree, Fournier led head coach Cheryl Milligan's team with 31 runs scored and 25 runs batted in. Her .392 career batting average is eighth all-time at Tufts.

A first-team All-Conference selection, Siciliano hit .390 and slugged .610 with four doubles, five triples and four home runs. She set career-highs with 30 runs scored and eight stolen bases while matching her career-best with 22 runs batted in. Her team-high 46 hits to go with 12 walks helped her achieve a .443 on-base percentage.

As a first team All-Region choice, Van Meter is eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 23 at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.

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