ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University softball team had a pair of players recognized by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on Thursday morning when the NACC released its all-conference awards. Junior outfielder Emily Cox (Erie, Ill.) and freshman pitcher Rylee Klema (Mendota, Ill.) were both voted Second Team All-NACC by the conference's twelve coaches. This marks the first time since 2014 that Rockford has had an All-NACC performer, and the first time since 2008 that the Regents have had two players receive All-NACC status.
Junior outfielder Emily Cox was named Second Team All-NACC in her first year as a Regent. Cox anchored the middle of the Rockford lineup all year long and finished the regular season in the top 15 in the NACC in six categories. She was third in the conference in walks (19), fourth in batting average (.418) and on-base percentage (.492), eleventh in hits (46), tied for thirteenth in home runs (3) and fourteenth in slugging percentage (.545).
Pitcher Rylee Klema became the first ever RU freshman softball player to earn Second Team All-NACC honors. Klema burst onto the scene this year, leading the Rockford pitching staff and finishing in the top two in the conference in five categories. She finished the regular season as the NACC leader in innings pitched (218.2), complete games (28) and appearances (37) and tied for first in the conference with 14 wins. Klema was also second in the NACC with 110 strikeouts. Klema's 37 pitching appearances also tied the school record in addition to leading the NACC. At the national level, Klema concluded the regular season 47th in all of NCAA Division III in wins and 55th in strikeouts.
Please click below to view the entire 2019 NACC Softball All-Conference Awards.