Katie Reed Named NFCA All-Region Shortstop

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore sensation Katie Reed was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Region Team, the organization announced on Thursday morning. The St. Louis, Missouri native was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference two weeks ago – and becomes the fourth shortstop in Kentucky program history to be named an All-Region shortstop. 

Reed is currently the team leader on offense for the Wildcats, hitting .351 on the season with three home runs and 21 RBI. She has 65 hits on the season, which leads UK by 14 – 10 doubles and 14 stolen bases. 

Defensively, Reed has been even better for the Wildcats, sliding over to shortstop this season after playing the entirety of her freshman season at second base. Reed has a .965 fielding percentage this season, and has committed just seven errors all season – the best fielding percentage and lowest error total for and starting shortstop in the SEC. 

A brilliant student, as well, Reed has a 4.0 GPA and spoke at the opening of the Jacobs Science Building on campus back in the fall. 

With Reed joining the All-Region Team, Kentucky has now had at least one honoree in each of the last five years, and in nine of the 10 years that head coach Rachel Lawson has been in charge of the program. Reed becomes the fourth different shortstop to garner All-Region honors, joining Brooke Marnitz (2007), Molly Johnson-Belcher (2009, 10) and Kara Dill (2011). 

Kentucky opens play in the 2017 NCAA Softball Championships on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET against DePaul. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 with Jenn Hildreth (pxp) and Carol Bruggeman (color) on the call from John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. 

NFCA All-Southeast Region Winners
First Team
Pitcher, Kelly Barnhill, University of Florida
Pitcher, Jessica Burroughs, Florida State University
Catcher, Carlee Wallace, Auburn University
First Base, Alex Powers, Florida State University
Second Base, Nicole DeWitt, University of Florida
Third Base, Jessica Warren, Florida State University
Shortstop, Meghan Gregg, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Outfield, Amanda Lorenz, University of Florida
Outfield, Cortni Emanuel, University of Georgia
Outfield, Morgan Klaevemann, Florida State University
Utility/Pitcher, Aleshia Ocasio, University of Florida
DP or Utility/Non-Pitcher, Kendra Lynch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Second Team
Pitcher, Delanie Gourley, University of Florida
Pitcher, Kaylee Carlson, Auburn University
Catcher, Sydney Broderick, Florida State University
First Base, Kayli Kvistad, University of Florida
Second Base, Aubrey Leach, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Third Base, Kasey Cooper, Auburn University
Shortstop, Katie Reed, University of Kentucky
Outfield, Sydni Emanuel, University of Georgia
Outfield, Tyler Ross, North Carolina State University
Outfield, Justine McLean, University of Florida
Utility/Pitcher, Brittany Pickett, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
DP or Utility/Non-Pitcher, Brooke Vines, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Third Team
Pitcher, Meghan King, Florida State University
Pitcher, Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood University
Pitcher, Holly McKinnon, University of South Carolina Upstate
Catcher, Kirsten Mack, University of Missouri, Columbia
First Base, Caitlin Plocheck, Lipscomb University
Second Base, Mackenzie Boesel, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Third Base, Alyssa DiCarlo, University of Georgia
Shortstop, Taylor Wike, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Outfield, Megan Geer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Outfield, Ryan Jackson, Bethune-Cookman University
Outfield, Alyssa Rivera, Auburn University
Utility/Pitcher, Amber Schisler, Campbell University
DP or Utility/Non-Pitcher, Maeve McGuire, University of Georgia

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