Thursday May 3, 2012Michelle Moultrie & Aja Paculba Among 39 Gator Student-Athletes Graduating This Weekend
Gator great softball players Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) and Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) are two of 39 Florida student-athletes participating in commencement ceremonies on the UF campus this weekend, both earning their undergraduate degrees from Florida after stellar careers for the Gator softball program.
Paculba, a three-time All-American donning the Orange and Blue on the softball diamond, graduates with a degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, having spent the spring semester as a volunteer assistant softball coach for the FIU Panthers in Miami.
Paculba was a part of four-straight Women’s College World Series appearances, starting and playing all 271 games of her Florida career at second base from 2008-11, and left UF after her eligibility expired in 2011 with over 10 Florida single-season, game and career records. Paculba and her four other classmates left Gainesville as the winningest class in Florida softball history, with a four-year tally of 238-33 (.878) and a 94-13 (.878) record in SEC play. Drafted last spring in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft, Paculba has additionally continued her career professionally and will play the upcoming season with the Akron Racers in Ohio.
Moultrie, who will graduate with an undergrad degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Sport Management in four years, is one of the most accomplished Gator softball players. Recently named a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 selection, Moultrie was both a 2011 All-American and Academic All-American for the Gators. Named the 2011 WCWS Co-Most Outstanding Player, Moultrie is a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and USA Softball’s Player of the Year as she wraps up her collegiate eligibility this spring.
Like Paculba, Moultrie was drafted into the NPF organization in the 2012 Senior Draft to the USSSA (Orlando) Florida Pride, with the opportunity to continue her career professionally alongside former Gators Francesca Enea and Kelsey Bruder. A member of the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team, Moultrie won two Gold Medals last year, helping lead Team USA to Gold at the World Cup of Softball and Pan American Games last summer and fall. Moultrie has additionally also been named to the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team for the upcoming World Championships this year.
Moultrie Leads SEC in batting average and fielding percentage, ranks third in hits, doubles and on-base percentage, checks in fifth in runs scored and slugging percentage, ninth in homers throughout 2012 league play. UF’s career stolen-bases leader, Moultrie has dropped 23 bunt singles this season to contribute to her 69 overall donning the Orange and Blue.
Moultrie and the No. 6 Gators enter their last regular-season league series at No. 3 Alabama this weekend with an opportunity to win the program’s fourth SEC Championship. The Gators will then stay in Tuscaloosa for competition in the 2012 SEC Tournament May 10-12.