May 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins and senior first basemen Evelyn Carrillo have earned NFCA All-Midwest accolades, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Thursday. Watkins was named to the second team while Carrillo was placed on the third team.
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 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
Watkins, a native of Tucson, Ariz., is a first team All-Big Ten selection and finished the 2014 campaign with a .361 average, the highest on the team. She added 40 runs scored, 28 RBI, 10 doubles and seven home runs. In Big Ten play, she hit .405 with 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, five home runs and four doubles. Her average was seventh highest in the league. She has started all 163 games of her Buckeye career with a .347 average (eighth best all-time), 182 hits (15th best all-time) and 89 RBI (13th best all-time). It is the second consecutive year Watkins has been a second team All-Midwest region selection.
Watkins was playing some of her best softball at the end of the season, hitting .429 with three home runs, three doubles and six RBI in the Buckeyes’ final 15 games. She helped Ohio State win 10 of its last 12 games, including a 7-5 upset of 18th-ranked and second-seeded Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament.
Defensively, Watkins, a center fielder, had a 1.000 fielding percentage, 67 putouts and five assists.
Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., hit .458 in 23 Big Ten games with 17 RBI, five home runs, three doubles and a .708 slugging percentage. She finished ranked in top 10 in five major offensive categories – batting average (second), slugging percentage (seventh), on base percentage (10th), hits (third) and home runs (10th). Overall, Carrillo batted .358 with 34 RBI, 20 runs scored, 10 doubles, six home runs and a .520 slugging percentage. In the field, she had a .989 fielding percentage at first base and is a two-time member of the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
In the career records books, Carrillo ranks fifth with 148 RBI and ninth with 213 hits. Her .320 career batting average is also 14th best all-time. This is her first career all-region honor.
Ohio State was 30-25 overall this season and 13-10 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament and won 10 of their last 12 games.