Softball Wins NFCA Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After capturing its fourth straight Patriot League regular season title and earning wins over five other conference regular season champions, the Boston University softball program earned its first staff award from Northeast Regional Coaches of the Year, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday afternoon.
Repeat as Patriot League Coach of the Year in May, seventh-year head coach Ashley Waters was honored alongside Associate Head Coach Becca Carden and volunteer assistant coach Corey Waters. The trio guided the Terriers to a 40-17 record that included a Patriot League-record 27-game program and winning streak.
Highlights of the season included wins at Mountain West Conference regular season champion San Diego State, Big West regular season champion Cal State Fullerton, Big East regular season champion UConn and regular season CAA Delaware as well as a neutral victory against the regular season champion NEC Saint Francis (Pennsylvania.). The Terriers also went 13-0 against New England Schools with notable in-state wins over Boston College, Harvard (2x) and UMass. Most impressively though, BU defeated two different Power 5 programs on the same day for the first time in program history with a 5-2 win over Big 10 member Purdue and a 6-1 win at the time. . 13 Georgia at the Red & Black Showcase. The upset victory marked the Terriers’ first victory against the SEC since 2009 and their first victory over a ranked team since 2018.
The historic 2022 campaign also saw BU break a Patriot League program and record with eight Terriers earning NFCA All-Region honors. BU was just one of four programs alongside Oklahoma, Arkansas and Virginia Tech to have the maximum number of students allowed recognized. Patriot League Player of the Year and Second Year Kayla Roncin finished the regular season No. 2 nationally with 78 hits and No. 9 with a .443 batting average. PL pitcher of the year and junior Allison Booz ranked 17th in ERA (1.40), 22nd in shutouts (7) and 22nd in wins (20) while a schoolmate and NFCA All-Region first-team member Lizzy Avery ranked 39th in strikeouts (185) with two no-hitter assists.
As a team, BU finished the regular season sixth in triples (.40), 18th in doubles (81), 18th in shutouts (14), 20th in ERA (2.11), 27th in batting average (.310) and 33rd in field percentage (.972).