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    Marisa Bast Named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Marisa Bast put up gaudy offensive numbers in 2012 while facing the nation's No. 1 ranked nonconference strength of schedule.
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    Marisa Bast put up gaudy offensive numbers in 2012 while facing the nation's No. 1 ranked nonconference strength of schedule.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 17, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern sophomore Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) has been named to the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Great Lakes Region first team, announced today by the NFCA.

    The honor is the first of Bast's career and makes her eligible for All-America consideration later this month.

    Bast has had a breakout sophomore season, batting .414 during the regular season while driving in 63 runs, good for ninth in the nation in RBIs per game 1.17. Her .526 on-base percentage is 20th in the country, her batting average is 31st and her .750 slugging percentage is the 39th best in the country. Compared to her conference, Bast fell one home run shy of the Big Ten's overall triple crown, leading the B1G in batting and RBIs while ranking second with 13 homers.

    Bast has recorded 20 multi-hit games in 2012 and at one point had a streak of 38-consecutive contests in which she reached base. All of these numbers came against the nation's No. 1 rated nonconference strength of schedule.

    Bast and her teammates open the 2012 NCAA Championship at the Austin Regional at 4 p.m. CT Friday, May 18, against No. 6 overall seed Texas. To view the complete list of the 2012 All-Region honorees, visit NFCA.org.

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