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Thursday May 19, 2011Florida Softball Places Six on Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region Teams

Starkville, Miss.

The No. 3 Gator softball team placed the maximum six student-athletes on the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region Team, announced Thursday by the organization – a day before the start of 2011 NCAA Tournament play. Four Gators were named to the All-Southeast Region First Team, including freshman pitcher Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.), senior first baseman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), senior outfielder and SEC Player of the Year Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) and sophomore utility player Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Senior second baseman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) and junior center fielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) represented the Orange and Blue on the All-Southeast Region Second Team, as all six Gators will now be in contention for All-America accolades this year.

 

Florida’s six All-Southeast Region selections were the most since 2009’s six, topping the UF record books in each of the two seasons. Of the Gators’ six honorees Thursday, all secured 2011 All-SEC accolades as well, with Bush, Bruder and Schutte on the first team and Rogers, Paculba and Moultrie reeling in second team honors, while Moultrie and Rogers were also on the SEC All-Defensive Team.

 

Brombacher, Bruder and Paculba have all earned All-America honors in their careers at UF thus far, with Brombacher picking up second and third team All-America honors in 2009 and 2010, respectively, while Bruder was named a second team All-America selection in 2009. Paculba came in as a freshman in 2008, earning second team All-America honors both her inaugural campaign and her sophomore season in 2009. Bush, a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball’s Player of the Year, will be looking for her first All-America honor after picking up All-Southeast Region accolades the past two seasons.

 

The Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.

 

Just five of the 258 teams from 10 NFCA regions had each of their six nominees selected to an all-region team this season. No. 1 Arizona State, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Texas and No. 24 Notre Dame all placed six student-athletes on one of their respective region's two teams. A total of 259 players from 127 different institutions comprise this season’s regional teams, including first and second teams for each region.

 

Florida kicks off 2011 Tournament play Friday as host of the Gainesville Regional, marking its ninth consecutive NCAA appearance, 12th in school history. UF has advanced to the Women’s College World Series the past three consecutive years and will meet Bethune-Cookman at 6 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators and Wildcats last met in last year’s NCAA Regional May 21, 2010, as UF earned a 6-0 first-round victory. The Orange and Blue will look to add to its 13-2 all-time record against the Wildcats to advance in the double-elimination format.

 

For all news, recaps and results about Gator softball, visit www.GatorZone.com/softball. For a complete list of this year’s 10 All-Region squads, visit the NFCA website.

 

2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA

All-Southeast Region

First Team

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Ellen Renfroe

University of Tennessee

P

Hannah Rogers

University of Florida

C

Megan Yocke

University of Kentucky

1B

Megan Bush

University of Florida

2B

Lauren Gibson

University of Tennessee

3B

Alisa Goler

University of Georgia

SS

Kelsi Weseman

Georgia Tech

OF

Kelsey Bruder

University of Florida

OF

Raven Chavanne

University of Tennessee

OF

Megan Wiggins

University of Georgia

UT/P

Rachel Riley

University of Kentucky

UT/Non-P

Brittany Schutte

University of Florida

 

 

 

 

 Second Team

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Sarah Sigrest

Jacksonville University

P

Morgan Childers

University of South Carolina Upstate

P

Allison Garcia

Bethune-Cookman University

C

Ashley Razey

University of Georgia

1B

Brianna Hesson

University of Georgia

2B

Aja Paculba

University of Florida

3B

Bridget Desbois

North Carolina State University

SS

Kara Dill

University of Kentucky

OF

Michelle Moultrie

University of Florida

OF

Kat Dotson

University of Tennessee

OF

Meagan Aull

University of Kentucky

UT/P

Olivia Kline

Jacksonville University

UT/Non-P

Brittany Cervantes

University of Kentucky

 

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