Raycroft leads five TLU players onto NFCA All-Region squads
Posted on 5/19/2017 1:13:00 AM.
 
Maitlin Raycroft 
 
(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran junior right-hander Maitlin Raycroft received First Team All-Region honors and was one of five Bulldogs to pick up All-Region awards from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Senior center fielder Kaymee Gooden (Mart/Mart) and junior third baseman Kyla Lockley were named to the All-Region Second Team, and senior pitcher Amanda Lochte and senior utility player Kirsten Whiteside were At-Large selections to the All-Region Third Team.

Raycroft, the new national record-holder for no-hitters tossed in a season, finished the year with a record of 21-3. She hurled eight no-hitters (including one perfect game) and set the new school mark for wins, at 21.

Raycroft currently leads all of NCAA Division III in shutouts, with 14 (another school record), and she ranks fourth in strikeouts per seven innings and fourth in hits allowed per seven innings.

Raycroft finished the year with a school-record 219 strikeouts in 140-2/3 innings. She walked just 28, and opponents hit just .128 against her. Her final ERA was 1.29.

Raycroft was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and the SCAC Newcomer of the Year.

Gooden, the SCAC Co-Player of the Year, hit .380 with a team-best eight home runs. She added nine doubles and six triples, and she stole 31 bases in 35 attempts.

In just two years with the Bulldogs, Gooden moved into third all-time in school history for home runs (13), and she ended her career fifth all-time in batting average, at .375, and third in stolen bases, with 60.

Gooden finisher her TLU career as the all-time leader in slugging percentage, at .652. Her 38 RBI this season were eighth all-time for a single season. She had 43 RBI, the sixth-most in school history, last season. Her eight home runs in 2017 were one off the school record of nine, set last year by Heather Hummel.

Gooden's 31 steals this year are the fourth-most in a single season in TLU Softball history.

Gooden and the Bulldogs lead the nation in steals per game, at 4.39. The 193 steals this year are a new school record. TLU stole 193 bases in 213 attempts.

In her first year with the Bulldogs, Lockley hit .363 and scored a team-best 43 runs. She belted a team-best 12 doubles and hit three home runs. Lockley's 43 runs rank sixth on TLU's single-season chart. Her 12 doubles are ninth all-time for a single season.

Lockley stole 29 bases in 31 attempts. Her 29 steals rank sixth on the TLU single-season list. She also walked 22 times this year, good for fifth on the Bulldogs' single-season chart.

Lochte went 15-2 this season and pushed her TLU career mark to 38-4. She holds the TLU career record for winning percentage (.905).

Whiteside, a four-year letter-winner and a starter in the outfield and at third base, hit .318 with 21 runs scored and 30 steals in 30 attempts. Her 30 steals are fifth on the TLU single-season list, and she concluded her career with 55 steals, sixth all-time in TLU history.

The Bulldogs of 2017 went 38-6 and posted a school-record 38-game win streak. The team won its fourth consecutive SCAC regular-season title and its fourth straight SCAC tournament crown.

TLU qualified for a fourth consecutive NCAA Division III Softball Championship and finished as the Tyler Regional Tournament runner-up for a third time in four seasons.

The Bulldogs will lose eight seniors from a squad that won four consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships (regular-season and tournament titles in each year) and produced an overall record of 151-26.


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