Menting, Berry Named All-Region

Menting, Berry Named All-Region

UW-Oshkosh sophomore catcher Abby Menting and junior third baseman Erika Berry were named to the NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Menting was selected to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team for the second time while Berry received second team recognition for the second straight season.

The NFCA All-Region teams are comprised of three 15-player teams in each of Division III's eight regions. Previously this season, Menting was named to the NFCA's 50-member Division III Player of the Year watch list, and Berry was one of 25 semifinalists for the national award.

This season, Menting and Berry helped lead UW-Oshkosh to its seventh NCAA postseason appearance and first since 2008. The Titans, who claimed the La Crosse Regional with a 3-0 record, won their second regional title and first since 1988. UW-Oshkosh (33-11) advanced to play 22nd-ranked Trine University (Ind.) (35-8) in the best-of-three super regional round this weekend (May 19-20).

Menting and Berry, who both garnered All-WIAC first team accolades this year, are tied for the team lead with five home runs.

Menting, the 2016 WIAC Co-Position Player of the Year, also paces the Titans with a .369 batting average, 24 walks, a .607 slugging percentage and a .473 on-base percentage. She produced a 12-game hitting streak from April 20-30 and 14 multiple-hit games on the year.

Menting leads the conference in walks while listing fourth in the league in doubles (14); fifth in on-base percentage; sixth in home runs, total bases (74), slugging percentage and fielding chances (206); seventh in putouts (186); and ninth in runs batted in (29) while playing in each of the Titans' 44 games.

In her career, Menting is hitting .394 with 45 runs scored, 22 doubles, 11 home runs, 66 runs batted in, a .480 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging percentage in 82 games.

Berry, who was selected to the All-La Crosse Regional Team, has a team-leading 47 hits, 79 total bases and six stolen bases.

Berry, who has played in all 44 games this season, is hitting .348 with 27 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples, 23 runs batted in, and a .585 slugging percentage.

Berry went 5-for-5 with four doubles, one triple and six runs batted in against Edgewood College on Feb. 24. Her four doubles tied the Division III record while her five hits matched the program record. Berry, who has 13 multiple-hit games this year, also went a combined 4-for-6 with a double and a pair of home runs during a doubleheader sweep over UW-Platteville on April 8.

Berry leads the conference with nine sacrifice bunts. She also ranks fourth in the WIAC in total bases and triples, fifth in doubles and fielding double plays (5), sixth in home runs, eighth in runs scored, ninth in assists (71) and slugging percentage, and 10th in hits.

During her career, Berry has compiled a .348 batting average, 81 runs scored, 31 doubles, eight home runs, 64 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases in 124 games.

UW-Oshkosh, seeking its second trip to the Division III World Series and first since 1988, begins the super regional round at 4 p.m. (EDT) in Angola, Ind.

NFCA NCAA Division III All-Region Softball Teams