FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Having previously earned a spot among the top freshmen in the country, Ashley Diaz added to her list of accolades Thursday by being selected to the NFCA All-South Region Second Team. The South El Monte, California, native becomes the ninth Razorback and second freshmen in program history to earn all-region honors. Selected by head coaches in the region, Diaz is now eligible to be named to the 2016 NFCA Division I All-America teams.
Diaz joins the program’s list of past all-region performers that features Jessica Bachkora (2010), Miranda Dixon (2008-10), Brett Erickson (2000), Kasey Fagan (2014), Clarisa Navarro (2012 & 2014), Blaire Perry (2006), Sandra Smith (2010) and Devon Wallace (2012-15). This also marks the fifth-consecutive season for a Razorback to earn NFCA All-Region honors.
During her standout freshman season, Diaz paced Arkansas with a .331 batting average, 12 home runs and 41 RBI which also led to placement on the Schutt Sport/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25 watch list. She became just the second freshman in program history with 10+ home runs and the only Razorback freshman to reach 40 RBI in a single season.
Earlier this season, Diaz tied the Arkansas school record with an 18-game hitting streak, a mark she now shares with Tiffany Wooley (1999) and Cortney Mitchell (2002). She also led the Razorbacks with 17 multi-hit performances and 13 multi-RBI games. Defensively, Diaz carried a .980 fielding percentage at first base and had a hand in 17 of Arkansas’ 25 double plays. Through the regular season, she ranked 10th in the SEC with 291 putouts.
|2016||Ashley Diaz||Freshman||Second Team||DP/Utility|
|2015||Devon Wallace||Senior||Third Team||First Base|
|2014||Kasey Fagan||Senior||Second Team||Utility/Pitcher|
|2014||Clarisa Navarro||Senior||Second Team||Shortstop|
|2014||Devon Wallace||Junior||Second Team||DP/Utility|
|2013||Devon Wallace||Sophomore||Second Team||First Base|
|2012||Devon Wallace||Freshman||First Team||Outfield|
|2012||Clarisa Navarro||Sophomore||Second Team||Shortstop|
|2010||Jessica Bachkora||Senior||First Team||Outfield|
|2010||Sandra Smith||Senior||First Team||Third Base|
|2010||Miranda Dixon||Senior||Second Team||Utility/DP|
|2009||Miranda Dixon||Junior||First Team||Utility/Pitcher|
|2008||Miranda Dixon||Sophomore||Second Team||Utility/Pitcher|
|2006||Blaire Perry||Senior||First Team||Utility|
|2000||Brett Erickson||Senior||Second Team||Third Base|
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