ERIE, Pa. - Gannon's Jess Rectenwald
(Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region second team released Thursday afternoon.
Rectenwald earned her first career all-region accolade as a utility pitcher. The junior was previously named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division first team at the same position. She started all 45 games this season with 24 starts coming in center field, 21 on the mound and 21 as the designated player.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., native led Gannon in average (.455), slugging percentage (.658) and on-base percentage (.477). Her batting average tied Jaclyn Corroto for third-best on the program's all-time single-season list. She also led the team in hits (65) doubles (18), triples (2), runs scored (33), total bases (96) and stolen bases (3). In addition to a team-best 19 multiple-hit games, she hit three home runs and recorded 24 RBIs.
Rectenwald finished the regular season as the toughest batter to strike out in NCAA Division II, going down only once in 146 at-bats. She led the PSAC and ranked 19th nationally in batting average at the end of the regular season.
On the mound, Rectenwald went 12-8 with a 2.73 ERA in a career-high 22 appearances. Rectenwald held her opponents to a .256 average in 125 2/3 innings. She registered a career-best 79 strikeouts with three shutouts.
Gannon concluded the 2014 campaign with a 24-21 overall mark, winning nine of its last 11 games. The Lady Knights reached the 20-win plateau and advanced to the PSAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.