For the Cumberland Times-News
FROSTBURG — Frostburg State senior centerfielder Taylor Vandegrift earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Banquet Thursday evening.
Vandegrift is the Frostburg State program’s first All-American, having received third-team honors.
Vandegrift, a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, was Frostburg’s leadoff hitter and an important piece of one of the nation’s top hitting teams. The Westminster native hit a career-best .424, set a pair of individual school records and tied a teammate for a third school mark.
In her final season as a Bobcat, she led the CAC and set school records in hits (70) and at-bats (165) and tied Caitlin Lovend for the single-season mark with 48 runs scored.
Vandegrift appeared in 158 games during her Frostburg career and is second all-time in runs (125) and hits (187), third in at-bats (495), fourth in total bases (219), sixth in batting average (.377) and seventh in RBI (71) and walks (42). She led this year’s team in the team in runs, hits, triples (4) and at-bats.
FSU finished the season with a school record 33-12 record and won the ECAC South Region Tournament. The Bobcats finished 15th in the nation in batting average (.351), were fourth in home runs per game (1.04), sixth in slugging percentage (.526) and 11th in scoring (7.29).