KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee had four players earn NFCA All-Southeast Region honors on Thursday as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association.
Meghan Gregg was a first-team selection while Brooke Vines and Aubrey Leach were named to the second team. Megan Geer rounded out the group as a third-team pick. With this year's honorees, UT has now had 66 total NFCA All-Region selections in program history with 33 different players earning recognition. The Vols have now had multiple players earn All-Region accolades for 13 straight years.
Fresh off being named SEC Player of the Year, Gregg earned All-Region honors for the second straight season and was named to the first team for the first time in her career. The junior shortstop is having a career year, leading all SEC players in RBIs, batting average, slugging percentage, doubles and total bases. Her 71 RBIs are a career high and rank fourth in UT single-season history. The Williamson, Ga., native also ranks among the top-25 nationally in batting average (.439), RBIs (71), doubles (18), slugging percentage (.797) and on-base percentage (.561). She is also a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Vines also earned All-Region recognition for the second straight year after earning third-team honors last season. The versatile sophomore led the Vols with 22 RBIs in conference play and has set career highs in nearly every offensive category this season. Vines is tied for the team lead with 65 hits and ranks second on the team in batting average, RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases. The California native's 55 RBIs are tied for 21st in the country this season. Vines was also an All-SEC second team selection this year.
Making her first appearance on an All-Region team is Leach, who was named to the second team. The sophomore second baseman leads all players in the SEC in runs scored with 56 and ranks 17th in the nation in runs per game, averaging 1.04. The Texas native also leads the team with 41 walks and is second among all Vols with 21 stolen bases and a .472 on-base percentage while serving as UT's leadoff hitter all season long.
Joining Gregg and Vines as back-to-back All-Region picks is Geer, who earned third-team honors for the second straight year. The senior captain is tied for second on the team with six home runs and is third on the squad with 34 RBIs. Four of her six homers have been game winners, including a grand slam in the fifth inning to beat No. 1 Florida on April 30. Geer also ranks third on the team in slugging percentage and fourth in on-base percentage.
To view each of the All-Region teams click HERE.
Tennessee opens NCAA Tournament play tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against Longwood in the NCAA Knoxville Regional at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The host Volunteers enter the tournament as the No. 8 national seed and are making their 14th consecutive regional appearance.