COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball first-year Jenna Devens (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) was chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-East Region second team, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Twenty-six student-athletes landed NFCA All-East Region honors, with 13 being placed on each of two squads. Devens was among seven first-years chosen for All-East, with four hailing from the Northeast-10 Conference. In all, 11 NE10 softball players were recognized. Devens joins Meggan (Roberge) Dulude '07 and Fallon Tierney '19 as the Purple Knights' lone all-region players, with Dulude landing Daktronics All-Northeast Region first team honors as a senior and Tierney being chosen for the NFCA All-East Region second team in 2017.
Devens added to an awards haul that included her being recognized as NE10 Rookie of the Year last Thursday, when she was also named to the NE10 All-Conference first team and NE10 All-Rookie Team.
Devens hit a school-record 12 home runs and remains the NE10 leader in dingers heading into regionals. She is tied for third among NCAA Division II first-years in home runs. Devens' 30 RBI were two shy of a school record, while that and her 50 hits were each the most by any Purple Knight in 13 seasons. Devens slugged .779 this spring, the best by a Purple and Gold player since 1980. She enters her sophomore year tied for fourth in school history in career homers. Devens is 25th in the nation in both home runs per game (0.31) and slugging, with each good for third in the East Region. She is tied for second in the region in homers and seventh in batting average (.410).
Among all NE10 players, Devens is first in total bases (95), second in slugging percentage, third in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage (.459), eighth in hits, 10th in RBI and 13th in doubles (9). She also scored 22 runs, the most by a Purple Knight since 2010, and drew 12 walks while striking out just 14 times in 135 plate appearances. Devens went errorless on 36 chances in the field. Over 41.1 innings across 13 appearances in the circle, Devens fanned 32 batters. She made eight starts, completing a pair of games.
Devens put together two different eight-game hitting streaks this spring and failed to reach base at least once on either a hit or a walk only six times in 39 contests. Devens turned in 17 multi-hit games, first during a 2-for-3 performance with three runs, three RBI, a walk and her first college homer against Felician (N.J.) University on March 13. Devens struck out seven while yielding three earned runs during a complete game for her first college win on March 15, against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run against Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania on March 17 and 3-for-4 with an RBI in both contests at Castleton University on April 5. Devens finished 3-for-3 with two walks and a home run during a doubleheader at regional power Saint Anselm College on April 12 before batting 3-for-4 with four RBI and a home run in the second game of a twinbill against Southern New Hampshire University on April 25. Over 12 games in her final week of the season, Devens slugged seven home runs, including blasting a pair versus The College of Saint Rose in April 24's opener.