LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its all-region teams on Thursday, and junior second baseman Maya Nakamura of the University of Hawai’i softball team was selected to the NFCA All-West Region Third Team.
Nakamura is one of 381 student-athletes from 158 Division I programs to receive 2023 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region honors. Nakamura and six other student-athletes from The Big West were voted to the Pacific and West Region Teams including players representing Cal State Fullerton, UC San Diego, and Hawai’i in the West Region, and UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis in the West.
Nakamura started 50 games at second and for the second-straight season, finished leading Hawai’i with a .390 batting average (48-for-123). She also had team-highs 35 runs scored, 29 walks and a .531 on-base percentage and was a constant threat on offense, reaching base safely in 45 of 50 games.
The Honolulu-native and Roosevelt High School graduate hit the trifecta of post-season awards this week. She was named to the All-Big West First Team and also earned a spot on the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team for her efforts both on the field and in the classroom and last week she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education.
The NFCA awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated student-athletes (eight maximum) and voted for the teams. All awarded student-athletes now become eligible for the 2023 NFCA Division I All-America squads.