STEPHENVILLE – Georgia Capell wasted no time in introducing herself to Tarleton State University, the Lone Star Conference, the region, and the nation as the true freshman from Midlothian capped off her debut collegiate campaign with All-America honors from the NFCA.
“I’m so incredibly proud of Georgia,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “It’s a great honor to be called an All-American and to do so as a freshman speaks volumes of her work ethic, her drive, and her physical abilities. She is very deserving of this honor and I’m very excited to see how she continues to develop over the rest of her career.”
Capell was named the All-America Third Team Designated Player Wednesday night. She is the fifth player in school history and first freshman to earn national honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She joins Jennifer Maupin (1998), Gracie Villa (2001), Monica Garza (2004), and Katie Welborn (2012) as the only TexAnns in program history to be named NFCA All-Americans.
A designated player from Midlothian, Capell enjoyed arguably the best season in program history by a freshman. She smashed her way onto a pair of all-region second teams (NFCA and D2CCA) and the All-Lone Star Conference First Team this season with a .397 batting average and 17 home runs, which is one shy of the Tarleton single-season record.
She was named a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year award, which is also a first in program history.
In addition to the three postseason award teams, Capell was also named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year. She is the second player in program history, joining Carla Geeslin in 2001, to earn that recognition. She finished the regular season with the fourth-most home runs in the league and set a single-season record for home runs by a freshman with 17 on the year. She hit .397 with 53 RBI, which was the sixth-most RBI in the league.
ABOUT THE NFCA
Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. The national office, located in the Crescent Hill community of Louisville, Ky., moved to the Bluegrass State in 2012. Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization’s membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fastpitch softball. Growing from 40 members in 1983 to over 5,500 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and nine international countries- Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden.