Bri Brochu Earns All-New England Region Honors From NFCA

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman outfielder Bri Brochu has been named to 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England Region Third Team, the organization announced Monday evening.

Bri Brochu continues to accrue honors after having a phenomenal rookie season as she became the first Eagle in program history to achieve this honor after hitting .509 (57-112) with 39 runs, nine doubles, two triples, 17 RBI, 11 walks, and 12 stolen bases, while only striking out six times all season. She was tabbed as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year, the sixth NAC Rookie of the Year in program history and the ninth overall, and a first team All-NAC selection, the third rookie to be selected to the first team since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004 and the first since 2010.

Bri Brochu had a remarkable rookie campaign for the Eagles, finishing the season as the NAC leader in hits, on-base percentage (.556), runs per game (1.03), runs, batting average, and total bases (71), and ranked second in slugging percentage (.634), tied for third in doubles, tied for fifth in triples and sixth in stolen bases.

In conference play, Bri Brochu led the conference in hits with 22, while also tallying a league-best five doubles, 27 total bases, and a .579 batting average. She also tied for first with a .600 on-base percentage, tied for second with 13 scored runs and claimed a .711 slugging percentage to finish No. 3 in the NAC. Bri Brochu also recorded five RBI, four stolen bases and only committed one error in the field against conference opponents. She hit safely in 10 of her team's 12 NAC games, posting eight multi-hit games while scoring at least one run in eight conference matchups.

She record at least one hit in 29 of her 38 games and one run in 26 games of those 38 games, while finishing the season with 18 multi-hit games. The rookie is also currently ranked 10th in batting average and 17th in on-base percentage in all of Division III.

She broke several freshman records (batting average and hits) at Husson this season, including compiling the highest batting average of any player in a single-season since 1984, the third most hits in a single-season and posted the most runs scored and total bases by a rookie in 20 years.

Husson posted a 28-13 overall record with a 11-1 mark in NAC play this spring en route to earning the program's ninth NAC Regular Season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. The Eagles opened tourney play with a 3-2 win over New England College to advance to the final winners' bracket game, where the Green and Gold suffered a 5-3 setback at the hands of #3 Thomas (Maine), falling into the losers' bracket in the process. Unfortunately the Eagles saw their season come to an abrupt end with an elimination game loss at the hands of #2 Castleton, 4-3.