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Wednesday May 27, 2009Five Softball Players Earn All-American Honors

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Five members of the No. 1/1 University of Florida softball team were named NCFA/Louisville Slugger All-Americans on Wednesday by the Nation Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).  Senior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) earned first-team honors while sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.), junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) were all named to the second team.

 

Florida matched its season high with five All-America honors, as five Gators earned accolades in 2008.  UF was also the only school to register five All-Americans.  In all, the softball program has racked up 13 All-American awards.  Thirteen Southeastern Conference student-athletes earned spots on the roster. 

 

Brombacher holds a 41-0 career record, registering her second 20-win season in 2009.  The righty is the only player in UF history to win her first 10 games without suffering a loss.  She has the second lowest ERA (0.77) in the country and the second lowest opponent batting average (.160) in the conference.  She recorded Florida’s first no-hitter since 2006 with an 8-0, five-inning win over Coastal Carolina, striking out nine in the process.  She earned All-SEC second-team honors and Pitcher of the Week accolades once.  This marked the first All-America honor for the sophomore.

 

Bruder has come alive this season, playing her first year in the outfield, mainly in right.  She leads the team in slugging percentage (.731), doubles (16), total bases (133) and sacrifice flies (5).  She has tallied three grand slams, including one with two outs in the bottom of the seventh against Mississippi State to give the Gators the come-from-behind win.  She is second on the team with 15 homers, 11 game-winning RBI, eight game-winning runs, 18 multi-hit games and 21 multi-RBI games.  She earned the team’s only national player of the week honors for her performance at the SEC tournament and was named to the All-SEC first team and SEC All-Defensive team.  The honor is also the first for Bruder. 

 

Enea, now a two-time All-American, leads the team in home runs (17), RBI (69), walks (45) and on-base percentage (.720).  The left fielder broke UF’s single-season RBI record while claiming the top spot in the record books for career RBI (155) and home runs (40).  She has hit three grand slams this season and a team-high 13 game-winning RBI.  She was named to the All-SEC second team and earned Player of the Week honors twice.

 

This marked the third time Nelson earned the honor, and second year she earned first-team honors.  The two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year holds the lowest ERA (.041) in the country and has collected the most shutouts (20) and victories (39).  The right-hander holds 23 records at Florida and is seventh in NCAA history for 134 career wins.  She was recently named the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award recipient.  Nelson pitched two no-hitters this season, both against SEC opponents, and was named Pitcher of the Week three times, tying for the most this season.  She also earned her 1,000th career strikeout, becoming the first Gator to do so in the history of the program.  She ranks fifth on the SEC’s all-time list with 1,080.

 

Paculba became the first freshman in program history earn All-American honors in 2008.  She repeats this season as she leads the team in hits (73), runs (67) and stolen bases (27).  This season, she broke the single-season runs scored and stolen bases records.  She earned her first All-SEC first team honor and second All-Defensive team honor.  The second baseman also has recorded the second-most assists (93) on the team.  She has tallied 21 game-winning runs and 22 multi-hit games, the most on the team. 

 

2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans

 

 

First Team

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Kelsi Dunne

University of Alabama

P

Danielle Lawrie

University of Washington

P

Stacey Nelson

University of Florida

C

Chelsea Bramlett

Mississippi State University

1B

Adrienne Monka

Northwestern University

2B

Ashley Charters

University of Washington

3B

Alisa Goler

University of Georgia

SS

Tammy Williams

Northwestern University

OF

Kaitlin Cochran

Arizona State University

OF

Brittany Lastrapes

University of Arizona

OF

Katie Schroeder

University of California, Los Angeles

UT/P

Megan Langenfeld

University of California, Los Angeles

UT/Non-P

Amber Flores

University of Oklahoma

At-Large/OF

Alissa Haber

Stanford University

At-Large/UT-P

Charlotte Morgan

University of Alabama

At-Large/P

Nikki Nemitz

University of Michigan

At-Large/P

Missy Penna

Stanford University

At-Large/OF

Taylor Schlopy

University of Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 Second Team

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Brandice Balschmiter

University of Massachusetts

P

Stephanie Brombacher

University of Florida

P

Brittany Weil

University of Iowa

C

Melissa Roth

University of Louisville

1B

Tiffany Huff

University of Tennessee

2B

Aja Paculba

University of Florida

3B

Lindsey Ubrun

University of Missouri

SS

Molly Johnson

University of Kentucky

OF

Kelsey Bruder

University of Florida

OF

Francesca Enea

University of Florida

OF

Brittany Rogers

University of Alabama

UT/P

Becca Heteniak

DePaul University

UT/Non-P

Amanda Chidester

University of Michigan

At-Large/SS

Ashley Hansen

Stanford University

At-Large/C

Sam Marder

Ohio State University

At-Large/3B

Amber Patton

DePaul University

At-Large/1B

Samantha Ricketts

University of Oklahoma

At-Large/UT-Non-P

Marla Schweisberger

University of Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

Third Team

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Sarah Hamilton

Florida State University

P

Kim Reeder

Ohio State University

P

Kristen Wadwell

University of Louisville

C

Stacie Chambers

University of Arizona

1B

Christine Lux

University of Notre Dame

2B

Danielle Zymkowitz

University of Illinois

3B (tie)

Cheyenne Jenks

Florida Gulf Coast University

3B (tie)

Jenae Leles

University of Arizona

SS

Bianca Mejia

Long Island University

OF

Karli Hubbard

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

OF

Kirsten Shortridge

Louisiana State University

OF

Carly Normandin

University of Massachusetts

UT/P

Danielle Spaulding

University of North Carolina

UT/Non-P

Jessica Mapes

Arizona State University

At-Large/UT-P

Val Arioto

University of California

At-Large/2B

Amanda Kamekona

University of California, Los Angeles

At-Large/P

Tara Oltman

Creighton University

At-Large/C

Jessica Purcell

Brigham Young University

At-Large/OF

Jenna Rhodes

Virginia Tech

 

 

 

 

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