Berry's Kassie Howard named a NFCA First-Team All-American

Berry's Kassie Howard named a NFCA First-Team All-American

Courtesy of Berry Athletics

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 24, 2018) —Berry softball student-athlete Kassie Howard has been selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America first team, becoming the first Viking in program history to earn first-team recognition. 

This marks Howard's second All-America honor of her decorated career, becoming the first player in Berry's history to earn the distinction during her sophomore year. The senior pitcher from Alpharetta, Ga., solidified herself as the most decorated pitcher in Berry softball history during a dominant 2018 campaign. She earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference honor from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), earning the league's Pitcher of the Year award for the second time.

Howard tossed 156.1 innings for the Vikings this season, leading the team to a 39-6 record and the team's first appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. She finished the year with a 25-3 record and a 1.16 ERA, a career-best. Howard also struck out 209 batters on the year, while walking a career-low 43. 

She holds every pitching record in Berry softball history, and closes her career with an 89-10 record, striking out 736 with a 1.25 career ERA. Howard was also named the Berry College Mika Robinson Female Student-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-District this season. 

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