Beavers Place Record Three Players on NFCA All-Region Squads
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For the first time in program history three Babson College softball players received All-New England honors when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its all-region teams on Wednesday evening.
Senior Josephine Mares (Houston, Texas) and junior Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) both garnered first-team all-region accolades, while senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) was named to the second team.
A two-time All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) selection, Mares earned all-region recognition for the first time after producing the best season of her Babson career. She batted .419 with career highs of 12 extra-base hits, 20 RBI, 22 walks and 39 runs scored, and ranked 47th in Division III with a .527 on-base percentage. Mares led the conference in both batting average and on-base percentage, was second in runs scored, third in hits, fifth in walks and seventh in total bases over 18 starts.
A four-year starter for the Beavers, Mares hit .348 in 163 games and ranks second in triples (11), fourth in runs scored (125) and walks (66), seventh in hits (171), and is tied for 10th in program history in total bases (221).
An All-NEWMAC second-team choice this spring, Paul picked up her first All-New England honor after setting new career highs in batting average (.398), on-base percentage (.532), slugging percentage (.556), hits (43), doubles (14), walks (32) and runs batted in (33) over 40 games. She ranks eighth in Division III in walks per game (0.80) and 39th nationally in on-base percentage, led the Beavers with 10 multi-RBI games, and joined Mares in tying for second on the team with 13 multi-hit games.
After receiving all-conference honors for the second year in a row, Tango garnered All-New England recognition for the first time after hitting a career-best .359 with 12 extra-base hits, 22 RBI, and career highs of 31 runs, 10 walks and 12 stolen bases. She led the Green and White with 14 multi-hit games, drove in two or more runs on six occasions, and finished year with a career-best .944 fielding percentage at third base.
A four-year starter at Babson, Tango hit .330 in 171 career games and ranks fourth on the program's all-time list in hits (178), is tied for fifth in RBI (98) and total bases (248) and seventh in doubles (37), and ranks 10th in stolen bases (29).
The Beavers finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of 25-15.