Allyson Fournier Named Top D-III Female Athlete

By Tim Jensen

The accolades keep coming in for Tufts University softball pitcher Allyson Fournier. For the second time in three years, the South Windsor resident was named the Honda Division III Athlete of the Year for all female sports. She received the honor in Los Angeles on June 29.

“I’m incredibly honored to be selected as Honda’s D-III Woman Athlete of the Year again, considering all of the other great candidates in other sports who were up for the award,” Fournier said. “This past month has been like a dream. From winning our third NCAA championship, to pitching professionally and now being able to join the best collegiate female athletes in the country in L.A. is just amazing.”

Fournier led the Jumbos to their third consecutive national championship by posting a 35-0 record, striking out 422 batters and recording a miniscule 0.20 earned run average. She fired back-to-back perfect games among her five no-hitters this season, and set a national D-III record by hurling 105. 1 consecutive scoreless innings.

The four-time All-American finished her college career with a 111-5 record, and became the first multiple winner of the Honda award.

Following her graduation from Tufts with a degree in chemical engineering, Fournier signed with the Pennsylvania Rebellion of National Pro Fastpitch, the only professional women’s softball league in the country. She posted a 1-1 record in her first eight appearances, including two starts.

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