Three Rams earn all-region accolades
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Softball - Tue, May 16, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell set a new program standard with three players chosen to the 2017 Great Lakes All-Region Softball Teams, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Sophomore pitcher Haley Harmon (SO/Becker, Minn.) and freshman outfielder Carley Robison (FR/Brighton, Colo.) represented the Rams on the second team. Junior first baseman Melissa Orton (JR/Downers Grove, Ill.) earned a spot on the third team. Robison and Orton are both at-large selections.

Fifteen players were honored on each of the three teams in the region. This is the first time Cornell has claimed three all-region performers in the same season, raising the total number of honorees to 13 in Coach Shanda Ness' 11 years at the helm.  

All-region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight NCAA Division III regions. First team choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America Team.

Harmon occupied one of the two pitcher spots on the second team. The Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year enjoyed one of the best statistical seasons in program history, going 18-3 in the circle with a 2.13 earned run average.

Harmon tied the school record for victories in a season while tossing 14 complete games in 19 starts. The right-hander compiled an 85.7 winning percentage, a Cornell season record among pitchers with at least 10 wins. Harmon struck out 115 batters and walked just 38 over 131.1 innings.

Through two seasons, Harmon owns a 29-10 record and ranks sixth on the career strikeouts list with 251. She tops the career chart with an average of 7.09 strikeouts per seven innings.

Robison turned in a terrific rookie season, starting 37 games in left field while batting leadoff most of the year. A second team all-MWC pick, Robison led all Cornell regulars in batting average (.411), runs (37), hits (51) and stolen bases (14).

Robison's 37 runs rank third on Cornell's season list. She was four hits short of the school record. Robison tallied a team-best 17 multi-hit games and committed just one error in 46 fielding chances.

Orton, a first team all-MWC choice, was productive from the No. 3 spot of the batting order with a .369 average, 27 RBIs and a .492 slugging percentage. She totaled 27 runs, 48 hits, nine doubles and a team-high 202 putouts in the field.

Orton struck out just five times in 130 at-bats this spring. A career .373 hitter, she stands No. 10 on Cornell's all-time hits list (112) with still one season to go.  

The all-region trio guided the Rams (28-10 overall, 14-4 MWC) to the second-most wins in program history and a runner-up MWC regular-season finish. The season ended in the championship game of the MWC Tournament.