May 15, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State had three NFCA All-Region selections, tying the most in school history, as Cya Neal earned another second-team selection in two full seasons at The Beach, while Erin Jones-Wesley and Ashlynn Booker each earned third-team honors.
The West Region for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association represents the membership of four conferences, the Pac-12, Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences. Honorees are then ranked by team, either first, second, or third, as well as being separated by position.
Cya Neal was second on Long Beach State with a .351 batting average and led the 49ers with 11 stolen bases while playing spectacular defense at second base. With a .973 fielding percentage, Neal was one of the 25 toughest players to strike out in the nation this season, and had 66 hits as well as three triples on the season. Neal also earned First-Team All-Big West honors earlier this week.
Both of Long Beach State's other All-Region honorees garnered First-Team All-Big West recognition as well. Erin Jones-Wesley led Long Beach State with 182 strikeouts and finished with a 19-9 record while leading the 49ers to the playoffs. A four-time first-team All-Big West selection, this is the second All-Region nod for the senior, also earning the award in 2011 as a freshman.
Senior Ashlynn Booker rounded out the LBSU selections, earning third-team honors as a non-pitching utility player. Splitting time between first base and DP, Booker slugged .780 during the regular season, and was second on the team with 11 home runs in just 100 at-bats, finishing with 21 extra-base hits in 35 total hits over 38 starts.
The trio equaled Long Beach State's top All-Region numbers since 2004. Long Beach State also had three players recognized in 1993, 1991, and 1988.
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