(May 15, 2014) The No. 17 Baylor Softball team had four players honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Thursday as All-Central Region selections. Senior left-handed pitcher Whitney Canion and sophomore designated player Linsey Hays were first-team selections while senior first baseman Holly Holl and junior outfielder Kaitlyn Thumann were second-team honorees.
Canion earned NFCA All-Region honors for the fourth time in her career, and it was her second time to be honored as a first-team member (2009). Canion is 26-9 with a 1.43 ERA through the regular season.
Hays, the redshirt sophomore, led Baylor in the regular season with 12 home runs and 46 RBI while carrying a .342 batting average. It was her first all-region selection in her second full season with the Lady Bears.
Holl earned the third NFCA All-Region selection of her career, and she finished the regular season with a .284 batting average, seven doubles, seven home runs and 34 RBI.
Thumann ranked fifth in the Big 12 through the regular season with a .405 batting average and was second in the Big 12 with a .512 on-base percentage. From the leadoff position, Thumann had a team-leading 54 runs, and she hit seven home runs with 21 RBI.
All four players were also named All-Big 12 earlier in the week, and the Lady Bears face Northwestern State (La.) Friday in their opening game of the NCAA Softball Tournament in Waco at 7 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.