Louisville, Ky. - April 21, 2017 - Springfield College's Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) has been recognized for her impressive junior campaign, as she was named a finalist for 2017 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Year honors.
The list is a collaborative effort between the NFCA's Division III Head Coaches and All-America committees. The 10 finalists will be named next month and the winner will be revealed following the conclusion of the season. Of the 25, Loda is not only the lone student-athlete representing the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), but she is also the only student-athlete in New England on the list.
To date, Loda currently leads the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and is No. 19 in all of Division III in earned-run average (0.90), while she is also the conference's best in wins (13), hits (46) and at bats (114). Additionally, the Applied Exercise Science major holds a batting average of .404, as she has scored 26 runs and has driven in 22.
It has been quite the season for the talented junior, as Loda has been named the NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week three times, and the ECAC Division III New England Pitcher of the Week twice this year.
Loda and the rest of the Pride will play a pair of critical NEWMAC doubleheaders this weekend, as Springfield College travels to Wheaton on Saturday, before returning to Potter Field on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.