Thursday November 15, 2012Gators Kelsey Horton, Michelle Moultrie & Hannah Rogers Honored for 2012 Academic & Athletic Accomplishments
Former two-time Gator All-American and Academic All-American softball player Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), two-time All-American pitcher Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and 2012 Academic All-American softballer Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) were three of 31 Gator student-athletes and coaches honored at halftime of UF football’s 14-7 win over Mizzou Nov. 3 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for their academic and athletic accomplishments throughout the 2011-12 school year.
Moultrie and Rogers were two of UF’s 2012 NFCA All-Southeast Region honorees last season, both of whom went on to earn NFCA All-America honors for the second-consecutive season as the duo helped lead the Gator softball squad to a 48-13 overall record and 21-7 record in Southeastern Conference play. Since Florida head coach Tim Walton took over at the helm of the Gator softball program, a total of 11 Gators have been named All-Americans, with those 11 athletes racking up 22 All-America honors.
Behind Moultrie and Rogers’ leadership, the Gators played for the SEC Tournament Championship in Tuscaloosa for the fifth time in Florida softball history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in program history and the 10th consecutive season.
Moultrie, a 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist and USA Softball National Team member, picked up SEC Player of the Year and First Team All-SEC accolades last season, while Rogers and Horton were both Second Team All-SEC selections last year. Moultrie’s Player of the Year honor was the fourth in UF history, the third under Walton and the second-consecutive, as 2013 UF volunteer assistant coach and former Gator All-American Kelsey Bruder picked up the award in 2011.
In the classroom, both Horton and Moultrie represented the Orange and Blue as Capital One Academic All-Americans after being named to the All-District 4 First Team and advancing to the national ballot in May. Under Walton, a staggering 21 Academic All-District and/or Academic All-America accolades have found their way to the UF program through the diligent classroom work of 11 Gator softball student-athletes, highlighted by a nation-leading four Academic All-Americans in 2011. The Academic All-America honor for Horton was her first as a Gator, while Moultrie – who graduated from UF in May with a degree in Business Administration/Sports Management – made it back-to-back years with Academic All-America honors in both 2011 and 2012.
Over the summer in June, the University of Florida softball team received public recognition from the NCAA as one of 30 Division I women’s softball teams to post multiple-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top-10 percent of all softball teams across the nation. In addition to the honor of being of just 30 softball squads around the country to earn the distinguished recognition, Florida is one of only two Southeastern Conference softball programs to be honored by the NCAA for the four-year period ending 2010-11.
After wrapping up the 2012 fall softball schedule just last week with a 7-1 record, the Gators look forward to the start of the 2013 softball season, which will kick off Feb. 8-10 in Tempe, Ariz., at the Kajikawa Classic.