The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced last week the 149 student-athletes from 68 schools who compose the 2023 NFCA NAIA All-Region teams. Sophomore Michelle Evdos of Dakota State earned the NFCA NAIA All-Region III First Team Designated Player/Utility/Non-Pitcher position for the second consecutive year.
The awards honor student-athletes from the Association’s six regions with selections to one of two teams. NFCA member head coaches nominate and then vote for the winners in their respective region.
All honorees move forward to be considered for selection for the two NFCA NAIA All-America squads, which will be announced on June 6.
Evdos is a two-time NSAA Softball All-Conference First Team for the Trojans. She led the team with a .457 batting average after going 64-of-140 at the plate this season. She produced a slugging percentage of .829 with 20 doubles, four triples, and eight home runs. She collected 44 RBIs and scored 40 times. She registered an on-base percentage of .530.
Evdos posted a single season school record of 116 total bases, breaking the previous record of 114 total bases by Jeny Garst in 2004. Her single season slugging percentage and runs batted in are the second best in the Trojan softball school record book. Evdos also tied the third most single season doubles with 20 and home runs with eight.
Her .457 batting average is the fifth best in the DSU single season softball record book. In addition, she recorded the fourth most single season runs scored, tied for fifth most single season hits.
In the NSAA conference ranks, Evdos led the league in overall batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. She is also tied for second most doubles and tied for third most home runs overall in the conference.
Evdos’ career ranks include a leader in batting average of .460 since the 2021-22 season (Allison Hubers holds the current record of .422 batting average in 2005-06). She is sixth all-time in doubles with 40 and home runs with 12. She drove in 87 career RBIs, which is seventh most all-time in the DSU softball school record book.
Below is the list of the 2023 NFCA NAIA All-Region III Teams:
|2023 NFCA NAIA Region III First Team|
|P||Shelbey Cornelson||Oklahoma City|
|P||Aliyah Rincon||Midland (Neb.)|
|P||Katelyn Wilfert||College of Idaho|
|C||Carolyn Dallimore||Friends (Kan.)|
|1B||Reese Floro||Bellevue (Neb.)|
|2B||Analise Rayburn||Oklahoma City|
|3B||Roni Foote||Midland (Neb.)|
|SS||Haley Loffer||College of Idaho|
|OF||Emily Prai||Midland (Neb.)|
|OF||Rhea Paiva||Dickinson State (N.D.)|
|OF||Madelyn Powell||College of Idaho|
|UT/P||Lexi Duff||Oklahoma City|
|DP or UT/Non-P||Michelle Evdos||Dakota State (S.D.)|
|2023 NFCA NAIA Region III Second Team|
|P||Laila Spracklen||Friends (Kan.)|
|P||Maddi Duncan||Briar Cliff (Iowa)|
|C||Riley Donovan||Southern Oregon|
|1B||Raegan Rector||Oklahoma Wesleyan|
|2B||Deja Acosta||Southern Oregon|
|3B||Morgan Nixon||Morningside (Iowa)|
|SS||Carly Pfitzer||Midland (Neb.)|
|OF||Hattie Hruza||College of Idaho|
|OF||Sami Reding||Bellevue (Neb.)|
|OF||Priscilla Mora||Friends (Kan.)|
|UT/P||Lillana Martinez||Bethany (Kan.)|
|DP or UT/Non-P||Lindy Alexander||Oklahoma Wesleyan|