Valdosta, GA - After placing four players on the Daktronics All-Region Team, Valdosta State saw three players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association’s All-Region Team. Marti Littlefield and Samantha Posey made the South Region’s first team while Colette Rollins was named to the second team.
This marks Littlefield’s third consecutive NFCA All-Region team while Posey and Rollins make their first appearances.
Littlefield turned in an excellent junior season. She finished the year hitting .380 in 158 at bats. She knocked a team high 60 hits, 16 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 31 RBI. She scored 38 runs (second on the team) and started all 52 games for Valdosta State in her third consecutive season to be named to the All-Gulf South Conference First Team. This year, Littlefield also took great strides in her defensive play. After averaging just over 26 errors her first two seasons, she finished 2011 with just seven errors for a .952 fielding percentage. Littlefield also joined Natalia Morozova, April Hutchens and Morgan Johnson as the only Blazers to start every game in 2011.
In her first season at VSU, Posey made an immediate impact. She led Valdosta State in home runs this season, finishing the year with 11, and finished second on the team in batting average at .366 on her way to a first team nod on the All-GSC Team. Posey started every game she played in and scored 36 runs on the year, good enough for third on the team. She tallied 45 hits with 11 doubles and 40 RBI. Posey led the team in slugging percentage at .724 and only had eight errors at third base to finish with a .932 fielding percentage.
Rollins completed a breakout season this year that netted a number of firsts. Rollins made her first All-GSC team, her first Daktronics All-Region Team and now her first NFCA All-Region Team. Playing most of the season as a designated player, Rollins finished the year with a .327 batting average. She started 43 of 45 games played and belted six home runs, third on the team. Rollins tallied 35 hits and seven doubles with 35 RBI, also third on the team.
As members of the NFCA All-South Region First Team, Littlefield and Posey are eligible for national honors as voting continues.