NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont University Softball recent graduate Lexi Rouse (Macon, Ga.) added a feather to the cap of her collegiate career becoming the first Belmont player in program history to earn regional honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) twice in her time as a Bruin. This week, she was named to the organization's Division I All-Region Third Team as the utility/pitcher.
Rouse stands as one of only 389 student-athletes from 164 programs to garner NFCA Division I All-Region accolades in 2018. This marks only the third time a Bruin has received a Division I accolade, with Rouse earning the program's first First Team nod in 2016 and Kat Hollingsworth earning a Third Team nod the previous season. Rouse is joined by Morgan Rackel of Austin Peay on the 2018 Third Team.
"Lexi is deserving of any accolade she receives," said Head Coach Brian Levin. "She has done great things while she was here at Belmont, and on top of being a tremendous player, she is even a more quality young woman."
In her final year at the plate as a Bruin, Rouse was named All-OVC Second Team. She finished the regular season playing in all 50 contests, starting all but one. The Macon, Ga., native led the Bruins in doubles (10), triples (1), homeruns (9), walks (29), slugging percentage (.633), on-base percentage (.489) and fielding percentage (1.000). Rouse was second on the team in hits (42) and RBI (27). Most impressively, she shattered a 16-year old NCAA Division I record for most consecutive homeruns in consecutive at-bats, accomplishing the feat in March with a total of five.
Inside the circle, Rouse made 17 appearances and tossed 10 complete games, winning six. She recorded 52.2 innings of work and struck out 19 batters, finishing with a 3.85 ERA.
In the Ohio Valley Conference, Rouse finished third in on-base percentage, 14th batting average and was among the top-30 pitchers in ERA. Nationally, she wrapped the regular season ranked 75th in on-base percentage, 86th in walks, and 144th in slugging percentage,
Additionally, Rouse helped lead the charge to Belmont recording back-to-back seasons of 20-plus wins for the first time since the 1996 and 1997 campaigns.