O’Brien and Komar Named to NFCA All-Central Region Team

(L-R): NFCA All-Central Region selections Molly O'Brien and Rachel Komar. (photos by Ryan Baker)
(L-R): NFCA All-Central Region selections Molly O'Brien and Rachel Komar. (photos by Ryan Baker)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of infielders from the Case Western Reserve University softball team have been selected to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region Team, announced by the organization on Friday. Sophomore second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) was named to the first team, while freshman third baseman Rachel Komar (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) garnered second-team honors.

O'Brien, who earned her first University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week award this past Monday, advances to the NFCA All-America ballot by virtue of her first-team selection. Also named to the All-UAA First Team last week, the second-year second baseman finished the season with a .405 batting average, two homeruns and 16 runs batted-in. O'Brien led the team with four triples, 38 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. She is a career .365 hitter with 27 RBI, 74 runs scored and a school-record 37 stolen bases.

Komar, the reigning UAA Rookie of the Year, led the team with a .430 batting average to go along with three homers, 15 RBI, 30 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Her 52 hits this season rank third in program single-season history, while her .430 average is fifth. The rookie third baseman finished the season with an 18-game hitting streak in which she batted .515 (35-68).

The Spartans (24-13) finished the 2013 campaign as one of the nation's hottest teams with 11-straight wins and 15 victories in their final 16 contests.