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Shockers Softball’s Barnard, Wong Earn NFCA All-Central Region Honors

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WICHITA, Kan. (GoShockers.com) – For the fourth straight season Wichita State placed multiple student-athletes on the NFCA All-Central Region Team, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Saturday morning.

Addison Barnard was named to the First Team and CC Wong picked up Second Team honors. Barnard has been named to the All-Central Region Teams all four years, and this is her second time on the First Team (2022).

Barnard wrapped up a stellar career at Wichita State, leaving the program as the all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, total bases, stolen bases and slugging percentage. Her 93 career home runs are fourth all time in NCAA history. She had three seasons of 20 or more home runs, and holds the top three single season marks on the home run list. Barnard closed her career with a bang in last week’s American Athletic Conference Championship, setting tournament records in home runs (6), total bases (26) and RBI (13). Her senior season numbers included 12 doubles, 24 home runs, 48 RBIs, 34 walks and a career-high .397 batting average. Her .973 slugging percentage was the second highest in school history, trailing her own record set in 2022.

Wong made the most of her lone season in Wichita as a senior. A transfer from Grand Canyon, Wong was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year after hitting .481 in conference play with 10 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 29 runs, 31 RBI and 20 walks. For the entire season she hit .470 with 71 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 50 RBIs, 53 runs and 38 walks. Her .470 batting average currently ranks first nationally, and she also ranks third in on base percentage (.579) and 11th in slugging percentage (.868). Wong’s .579 on base percentage broke Sydney McKinney’s single season school record.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated student-athletes (eight maximum) and voted for the teams. All awarded student-athletes now become eligible for the 2024 NFCA Division I All-America squads.