Pacific Softball: Tigers Make It Two With Armagost And Hom Earning All-Region Honors
For the second time in as many years, the junior duo of Nikki Armagost and Megan Hom took home National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region honors for their stellar play during the 2012 season as announced on Thursday, May 17. For the first time in her spectacular career, Armagost was named First Team All-Region as a first baseman while Hom took home her second-consecutive second team honor as an outfielder.
The duo of Armagost and Hom led the Tigers offensively throughout the season as they finished No. 1 and No. 2 in batting average and hits in the Big West. The two juniors became the first set of Tiger teammates in Pacific program history to each hit over .400 and knock out 70+ hits in a single season.
For Armagost, the award was another recognition for her outstanding play as she tagged all-region honors onto player of the year and all-conference honors as well. For the year, Armagost led the Big West in hitting with a .433 batting average, a number that ranked her season among the all-time best as she finished No. 7 in the Big West record book and No. 2 in Pacific's single-season history. Her .433 mark ranked inside the top-15 nationally among all Division I hitters, placing her among the top 1% of hitters in the country in the regular season. With her stellar average, Armagost pounded out 71 hits in 51 games, finishing second in the conference only to Hom. Of her 71 hits, the junior posted 23 extra-base hits as she finished her campaign with 18 doubles and five home runs. Her 18 doubles ranked sixth nationally in the regular season. In addition to her batting, in the field, Armagost was one of the best defenders in the Big West and the country as the junior committed just one error throughout the year to finish with a .996 fielding percentage.
With Armagost leading the way in batting average, Hom was not far behind as the Tigers' starting center fielder posted an impressive .409 average in her third campaign. With her .409 average, Hom produced 76 hits on the year to lead the Big West, a mark which ranks as the most by any Tiger in the regular season and second most all-time. Her 76 hits placed the junior inside of the nation's top-10 hitters for the 2012 regular season. While reaching base at a record pace, Hom scored at a scorching rate as she touched home 49 times throughout the year to lead the Big West and place her name No. 2 in Pacific history and No. 10 in conference history. For the year, Hom was also superb in the field as she patrolled center field for Pacific in all 54 games.
The 2012 NFCA Division I All-Region teams honor student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions. A total of 263 players representing 129 different institutions comprise this season's regional teams, including first and second teams for each region.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-American teams.