LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-New England Third Team as voted by NFCA member coaches in the New England Region of Division III schools and announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Gooden, who was named to the New England Collegiate Conference First Team for the second consecutive season, finished second in the conference with 61 hits, fourth in batting average, hitting .452, and tied-most in RBIs with 41.
"I am very honored to be recognized by the NFCA. There was a lot of other girls in my position and I'm very grateful that they gave me a chance to represent my school," said Gooden. "I'd like to thank Newbury College for giving me the opportunity and platform to be the player I am today. This recognition will only push me to do better in my remaining years as a Nighthawk!"
Additionally, Gooden also led the conference in singles with 54 and was one of the hardest players to strikeout in Division III, striking out on just five of 135 official at-bats this season.
Gooden finished the season on a 14-game hitting streak, matching the longest streak in Nighthawks history while also becoming the fastest player in program history to reach 100 career hits, needing just 69 games to reach the milestone.
"I am so proud of Arianna for being named to the All-Region New England Third Team," said Head Coach Casey Butler. "As a pure contact hitter, she's so dependable and puts 100 percent into every swing. I can always count on her when we have runners on base, and her combined speed and mechanics make her a real anchor in our outfield."
Gooden is the first Nighthawk to be named to the NFCA All-Region Team since 2016 when then-freshman Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) and Class of 2016 Sheri Liggiero were both named to the All-New England Second Team.
The NECC was also represented by Lauren Vallee from Bay Path University and Jordan Day of Lesley University.
"(Gooden's) worked so hard to be a great softball player, and it's paying off for her and for our team," said Butler. "I'm so thrilled for Arianna and can't wait to see what her junior campaign brings!"
Full Press Release from the NFCA: NFCA Announces 2018 NFCA NCAA Division III All-Region Teams
For the eight All-Region Teams of the NFCA: 2018 NFCA NCAA Division III All-Region Teams