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    13 SEC Athletes Garner NFCA All-America Honors

    13 SEC softball athletes were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America teams, the NFCA announced on Wednesday. The SEC had five first team members, six second team members and two third team members.

    All eight schools that will compete for a national title at this week’s WCWS in Oklahoma City had at least one selection to one of the three teams.  Alabama, Tennessee and UCLA led all institutions with four overall selections. LSU had one selection, while Florida and Georgia had two selections each.

    Alabama pitcher Jackie Traina was named to the first team while teammates Amanda Locke and Kaila Hunt were named to the second team. Crimson Tide senior Jennifer Fenton was named to the third team. The four Alabama NFCA All-Americans equals the most in a single season in school history, tying the mark set in 2001, 2008, and 2011. Traina, now a two-time first-team All-American, is currently 37-2 on the year with a 1.67 ERA and 316 strikeouts in the circle, while also hitting .308 with 31 RBIs at the plate.  Hunt is currently batting .324 with a team-high 74 RBIs, while Locke has 17 home runs and a slugging percentage of .713.  Fenton currently leads Alabama with a batting average of .389 to go along with 43 stolen bases.

    Earning the award for Tennessee this season was pitcher Ellen Renfroe and first baseman Lauren Gibson on the first team. Third baseman Raven Chavanne and at-large shortstop Madison Shipman were named to the second team. With her selection to the second team at third base, Chavanne (2010, 2011, 2012) becomes the fourth Lady Vol to be tabbed All-American at least three times during her playing career, joining former UT standouts Monica Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008) and Lindsay Schutzler (2005, 2006, 2007). First-team choices Gibson (2011, 2012) and Renfroe (2011, 2012) each picked up their second-straight All-American accolade, while Shipman becomes the 12th different Lady Vol softball player to earn All-America honors. Renfroe has a 1.18 ERA and 27-4 record, while Gibson is hitting .418 and leads the team in walks with 45.  Chavanne will take team-highs of a .433 batting average and 32 stolen bases to the WCWS this week, while Shipman is currently the Lady Vols’ leader in RBIs with 63 while also scoring 41 runs of her own.

    LSU pitcher Rachele Fico became the sixth player in program history to come away with Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America First-Team accolades. She joins the company of Ashlee Ducote [1999, 2000], Stephanie Hastings [2000], Britni Sneed [2001, 2002], Killian Roessner [2007] and Kirsten Shortridge [2010] of Tiger players to accomplish this feat. Fico has a 20-11 record to go along with the nation’s best ERA at 0.92. Her 13 shutouts also were tied for fifth nationally. In those 11 setbacks, Fico has received only seven total runs of support. The junior right-hander has limited opponents to a .177 hitting clip and notched 213 strikeouts to rank third and fourth, respectively, in those catego­ries among the SEC leaders.

    Georgia’s Kristyn Sandberg was named to the second team as a catcher, while  teammate Erin Arevalo picked up third-team honors as a pitcher. Sandberg and Arevalo join nine former Bulldogs who have earned 17 NFCA All-America honors. Sandberg was the Bulldogs triple crown winner, leading the team in home runs, RBI and batting average. She finished the season with 19 home runs, 51 RBI and hit at a .355 clip in 62 games this season. Sandberg also recorded 49 hits, including six doubles and a triple, earning her a slugging percentage of .826. Arevalo anchored the Georgia pitching staff during the 2012 season, finishing with a 27-9 record and an ERA of just 1.40 in 245 innings pitched. She became the fifth player in Georgia history to record over 200 strikeouts in a season, finishing with 270 compared to just 51 walks.

    Michelle Moultrie and Hannah Rogers earned All-America honors for the Florida Gators. Moultrie earned first-team honors, while Rogers was a second-team pick for UF. The All-America accolades mark the second of both Gators’ careers, as the duo was additionally honored in 2011. The 2012 SEC Player of the Year, Moultrie is a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and was also a top-11 finalist for USA Softball’s Player of the Year. She was named to the 2012 All-SEC First Team and was additionally a 2012 All-Defensive pick for the second-consecutive year. Likewise, Rogers was an All-SEC Second Team selection and joined Moultrie as an All-Defensive Team pick for the second year in a row. Rogers ranks eighth in the country in ERA (1.23) and finished the 2012 season with a 28-8 overall record, bringing her career wins mark to 64.

    2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans (SEC selections only)

    First Team
    Ellen Renfroe, University of Tennessee, Pitcher

    Lauren Gibson, University of Tennessee, Second Base

    Michelle Moultrie, University of Florida, Outfielder

    Rachele Fico, Louisiana State University, At-Large/Pitcher

    Jackie Traina, University of Alabama, At-Large/Utility-Pitcher

    Second Team
    Hannah Rogers, University of Florida, Pitcher

    Raven Chavanne, University of Tennessee, Third Base

    Kaila Hunt, University of Alabama, Shortstop

    Amanda Locke, University of Alabama, DP or Utility/Non-Pitcher

    Kristyn Sandberg, University of Georgia, At-Large/Catcher

    Madison Shipman, University of Tennessee, At-Large/Shortstop

    Third Team
    Erin Arevalo, University of Georgia, Pitcher

    Jennifer Fenton, University of Alabama, Outfielder