Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) and Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) both secured a place on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast region team following the 2011 season. Tsipouras was voted onto the first team after posting a .390 batting average in her junior season, in which she also hit seven homers. Froelich, the 2011 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, was named to the All-Northeast Region second team. The duo becomes the first players in Sacred Heart softball history to be named to an All-Region team at the division I level.
"Taylor and Liz are two of the biggest reasons we have been able to compete at such a level over the last few years," commented SHU co-head coach Pam London. "They have both made a significant and lasting impact on our program."
Froelich is the only Pioneer to ever earn NEC Player of the Year accolades and ranks second all-time with 207 career hits, tops since SHU joined division I. Froelich, who graduated in May, was the epitome of consistency at Sacred Heart, starting four seasons in center field and hitting at least .320 in her final three campaigns.
"Taylor was a devoted athlete and an excellent leader and captain in her senior year," said London. "We will certainly miss her presence in the dugout as well as her talent next season."
Tsipouras exploded in 2011 with a NEC best 39 RBI batting in the cleanup spot for SHU and became one of the most feared hitters in the region. Tsipouras has gotten off to red-hot starts in each of the last two seasons and will look to do the same as she enters her senior campaign in 2012.
"Liz is a wonderfully gifted hitter who works very hard at her craft," commented London. "We will look to her to take on a greater leadership role next year. She is very capable of carrying a team with her bat."
In 2011, the impressive performances of Froelich and Tsipouras helped SHU capture its second Northeast Conference title in the last three years.