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Kayt Houston
Kayt Houston earned first team all-conference honors for the Mountaineers this season as well.
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Appalachian State Softball’s Houston Named All-Region

For the second time in her career, App State outfielder Kayt Houston has earned NFCA All-Region honors, marking the Mountaineers’ second two-time NFCA All-Region honoree in program history.

Houston, an All-Sun Belt first-team selection, was named to the All-NFCA third team in the Central region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday after posting a historic senior season. She joins Allie Cashion (2012, 2013) as the only players in App State history to garner all-region recognition two times.

The Rock Hill, S.C., native posted one of the best seasons in program history in 2024, finishing with a program-record .434 batting average to go along with 72 hits, 18 doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. Her .434 batting average helped her secure the regular season Sun Belt batting title and is the 16th-best in the country as of Thursday.

Among Sun Belt players, Houston also ranks in the top three in slugging percentage (first), on-base percentage (second), OPS (first), hits (third) and doubles (third). Capping off her historic season, the lefty became App State’s all-time hits leader after tallying hit No. 230 against James Madison on April 20. She finished with 247, 18 clear of the record set previously by Lindsay Glover.

Houston became the first Mountaineer to be named All-Sun Belt first team two times and only the third Mountaineer to receive all-conference nods three times (Cashion, 2011-13 and Katie Boyd 2008-11). She tallied a team-leading 22 multi-hit games, which included a four-hit, two-homer game on Feb. 16 against Le Moyne that led to her receiving Sun Belt Player of the Week honors.

The NFCA honors softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first-, second- and third-team selections. NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated student-athletes and voted for the teams. All student-athletes are now eligible for the 2024 NFCA Division I All-America squads, which will be announced June 1.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}