UNCW’S JORDAN, WILLIS EARN NFCA ALL-REGION HONORS

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Senior pitcher Peyton Jordan and sophomore first baseman Rachel Willis of UNCW have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.

Jordan earned a spot on the All-Region second unit while Willis garnered third team recognition. The duo becomes just the third and fourth players in program history to receive NFCA All-Region notice, joining Carley Hughes (2007) and Misti Sellers (1999).

A three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, including a first team nod as a senior, Jordan received her first All-Region honor after fashioning a 15-8 record. She ranked second in the CAA in earned run average (1.66) and opponent batting average (.210) and her 181.1 innings pitched ranked fourth in the league.

The Waxhaw, N.C., native earned CAA Player-of-the-Week honors on Mar. 27 after pitching the fourth no-hitter in program history in a 3-0 victory against Drexel. She was involved in seven shutouts this year, including four solo shutouts.

The hard-throwing righthander finished her career as the school’s all-time leader with 124 appearances in the circle and ranked second with 44 career victories. She also ranked third with 561.0 innings pitched and her 345 career strikeouts represent the fourth-highest total in the record book.

“Peyton had a tremendous career at UNCW and we are thankful for all of her contributions to help shape this season into a historic one,” said head coach Kristy Norton.

Willis also earned All-Region distinction for the first time in her career after leading the Seahawks with a .344 batting average with 54 starts. The Angier, N.C., product paced UNCW with 55 hits, including 16 extra-base hits, and 38 runs batted in.

In two seasons, Willis has started 94-of-102 contests, posting a .306 batting average with 82 hits and 48 runs batted in.

According to Norton, “Rachel has improved so much from an offensive standpoint from her freshman year to her sophomore year. We are excited about the experience she has gained thus far and look forward to better things from her moving into next year.”

Anchored by Jordan and Willis, the Seahawks completed the 2017 campaign with a 35-20-1 record and earned their first CAA Championship berth since 2007.