Lea Foerster Named NFCA Second Team All-American
Junior Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American, as announced this afternoon. Foerster is one of nine Big Ten honorees, and one of four on the NFCA Second Team.
Foerster was also All-Big Ten selections, and helped lead MSU into a regional final of the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC). With a final record of 34-24, the Spartans had their most wins since the 2007 season.
Foerster becomes the 10th All-American selection in the Spartan program, and eighth under head coach Jacquie Joseph. MSU boasts two-time All-Americans Deanne Moore (1983, 1984) and Jessica Beech (2003, 2004), along with Keri Lemasters (1996), Patty Raduenz (1996), Stacey Philips (1998), Sandy Lewis (2003) and Lindsey Hansen (2011).
“Lea Foerster’s season was historical for our program – she shattered single-game and season records as well as captured career records as a junior,” said head coach Jacquie Joseph. “She’s among national leaders in six different categories, and I’m thrilled to see the accolades come in for her after the season she produced. She’s an exceptional talent and has already cemented her spot as one of the most prolific offensive players in our program’s history.”
Foerster not only earned All-America honors on the field, but last week was named a CoSIDA Second Team All-America - the junior boasts a 3.7 GPA as a kinesiology major. She earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman in 2015 and was a First Team pick this spring, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, and will be a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Foerster led the Big Ten in doubles (26), runs (70), total bases (144) and hit by pitch (20), ranked second in slugging (.796), third on-base percentage (.520), fourth in hits (72), sixth in batting average (.398) and seventh in RBI (49). Entering the final weekend of Division I softball, Foerster leads the country in doubles and is second in doubles per game (0.45) and runs scored per contest (1.21), ranks third in total bases, 21st in slugging percentage, and 24th in on-base percentage.
Foerster has established new single-season MSU records in doubles (26), runs scored (70), and extra-base hits (42). Her .398 average was seventh all-time in a single season at MSU, while her 14 homers ranks second, 72 base hits ranks sixth, her 49 RBI is fifth, and 72 base hits is sixth.
On the career front, Foerster is MSU's all-time run-scoring leader (158), while posting an MSU-record 53 career doubles, 86 extra base hits (second) 10 triples (tied for 10th), 23 homers (sixth) and her 195 career base knocks is tied for ninth in the Spartan annals.