Hartwell, Burton Named to NFCA All-Region Teams

Hartwell, Burton Named to NFCA All-Region Teams

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior Jessica Hartwell and redshirt freshman Heaven Burton were both honored on the NFCA All-Region Teams on Thursday with Hartwell being named to the first team while Burton was a third-team selection.

This marks the seventh time in program history multiple Red Raiders have been honored and the first since 2015.

Hartwell becomes the tenth Red Raider in program history to be named to the first team and the second under head coach Adrian Gregory. She will advance to the All-America stage of the NFCA postseason awards that are voted on by member coaches from each respective region.

The Galt, Calif., native ranks sixth in the nation with 20 home runs on the year, a new Texas Tech record. She also ranks top-10 nationally in runs per game, slugging percentage and total bases while hitting .400 through the regular season and Big 12 tournament.

Burton has racked up 68 hits on the year while hitting .370, both of which rank second on the team. In her first season as a Red Raider, the Round Rock, Texas, native was one of two Red Raiders to break the single-season triples record with five on the year and added nine doubles while going 8-for-11 in stolen bases.

Tech has now had a player represented on the all-region teams for each of the last nine seasons.

The Red Raiders (30-26) finished fourth at the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and accepted a bid to the 2018 National Invitational Softball Championship. Tech won its first game at the Conway Regional on Wednesday and faces UT Arlington on Thursday at 3 p.m. for a spot in the regional final.

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