Brewer becomes only fifth MC player to earn All-Region honors from NFCA

Brewer becomes only fifth MC player to earn All-Region honors from NFCA

Maryville College's Morgan Brewer tallies another postseason accolade, as the sophomore third baseman was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region team.

Brewer, a Maryville, Tenn. native, is the first All-Region performer for the Scots since 2016. She earns third-team honors to go along with her plethora of post-season awards already won this season.

"The year she had, it was expected," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "She started out a little bit slow, but she got it together. The year she had, she deserves this recognition. She deserves this as a player and a person. She had a great freshman year, and she's had an even better sophomore year. She's going to just keep getting better. The kid is just a sophomore. To get recognized as a sophomore, that's outstanding. That just shows the growth that we're having as a program."

Brewer's All-Region mention marks the fourth major award of the 2018 postseason, as the Scots claimed Runners-up in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Tournament.

The standout is only the fifth player in school history to earn All-Regional accolades from the NFCA – formerly the National Softball Coaches Association – as MC has six total regional awards. Brewer joins Kalea Espiritu (Second Team, 2000), Jamie Edwards (Third Team, 2002), Leah Kelley (First Team, 2011, Second Team 2012) and Jessica McMahan (Second Team, 2016) to earn the prestigious honor.

The sophomore also becomes the first Scot recognized as USA South Player of the Year, as she tallied First Team All-Conference and First Team Western Division honors.

The Alcoa High School product was named All-Tournament for her efforts within the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament, as the Maryville College claimed its first-ever USA South Regular Season and Tournament crowns.

Brewer went on to earn All-Tournament honors in the Scots' NCAA Tournament run – only the third time in school history MC has made it to the national tournament.

She earns each of those accolades in her sophomore campaign at Maryville.

"Not only is she a sophomore, but she's an early graduate from high school sophomore," Kelley said. "She's just super athletic. Recruiting her, it was big competition. There were a lot of people after her, so I was glad to snag her. She's definitely the type of third baseman that I want – super athletic, does a great job in the box. I trust her over there [on the hot corner] to get bunts, back hands and stuff like that."

This season, Brewer played in all 45 games the Scots faced, as she aided MC to a school record 31 wins. She led the squad with 57 hits in 149 at bats, as she tallied a .383 batting average.

The 5-foot-6 third baseman had a team-leading 51 runs scored, as she knocked 36 RBI during the 2018 campaign. Brewer had 11 doubles, a pair of triples and four home runs, as she swiped 19 bases this year.

She held a .459 on-base percentage, while slugging at a .564 clip with 84 total bases and 17 extra-base hits.

"Those numbers are pretty big, especially with the competition that we had," Kelley said. "She was just seeing the ball really well. In that leadoff spot, I needed her hitting that well. She's a good person to set the tone for the game. Then, she could come in during big moments with runners in scoring position. I trust her out there, and I know that she's going to do something in the box."

On the hot corner for the Orange and Garnet, Brewer held a .941 fielding percentage. She tallied 75 assists and 52 putouts, as she had a hand in four double plays this season.

In regular season USA South action, Brewer led the conference with a .588 batting average, a .625 on-base percentage, 26 runs scored, 30 hits, nine doubles and 44 total bases. Additionally, her 13 stolen bases tied for the conference-high, while her .863 slugging percentage ranked second in the league against USA South opposition.

Brewer has two career USA South All-Conference mentions, as she earned Second Team Western Division last season.