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Thursday May 16, 2013Five Gator Softball Players Earn NFCA All-Southeast Region Nods

Gainesville, Fla.

For their outstanding efforts on the softball diamond this season, five University of Florida softball players highlighted the 2013 NFCA All-Southeast Region teams, announced by the NFCA Thursday just a day before the No. 2 Orange and Blue (52-7) kick off NCAA Tournament play as the No. 2 National Seed against Hampton Friday at 6 p.m. in the Gainesville Regional.

Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and sophomore designated player and righty hurler Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) both earned All-Southeast Region First Team honors. Three Gators in freshman second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.), junior third baseman Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) and senior right fielder Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) represent Florida on the All-Southeast Region Second Team.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams. Florida’s five selections tied Tennessee for the most on the All-Southeast Region first and second teams.

UF has had at least five All-Southeast Region selections in five of eight years with Florida head coach Tim Walton at the helm of the program. UF’s five selections are the most since the Gators had six in 2011, all of whom were named NFCA All-Americans that year.

A total of 263 players from 137 different teams across the nation were selected to the 2013 NFCA Division I All-Region teams. The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first and second teams selected for each region.

For Rogers, a two-time All-American, the All-Region honor is her third consecutive, while Haeger picked up her second straight All-Southeast Region First Team honor after also being a first-team selection her first year on campus in 2012.

Horton, an All-Southeast Region Second Team selection at catcher last year, earned a second-consecutive nod on the NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team, this year in the outfield. Tofft additionally picked up her second career all-region honor after being named to the All-Great Lakes Region Second Team her freshman year at Northern Illinois University in 2011.

Stewart, a 2013 All-SEC Second Team and Freshman All-SEC selection, picked up her first all-region accolade as a Gator with the honor at second base on this year’s NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team.

In addition to Stewart earning All-SEC accolades, Rogers and Haeger were first team league selections just a week and a half ago, while Horton joined Stewart on the All-SEC Second Team. Tofft was one of four Gators named to the SEC All-Tournament Team Saturday after Florida defeated Missouri, 10-4, for its third SEC Tournament Title. Stewart and fellow freshmen Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) also earned SEC All-Tournament nods, Merritt, the reigning NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, with Tournament MVP and Freshman All-SEC honors as well.

Florida’s All-Region accolades cap of an exciting two weeks for the Orange and Blue, as UF clinched its fourth SEC Championship (1998, 2008, 2009, 2013) two weeks ago before sweeping the SEC Tournament last weekend in Lexington, Ky., for the program’s third league tourney title (2008, 2009, 2013), all of which have come under Walton.

The 2013 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at 4 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 29, via NFCA.org.

Visit UF’s 2013 NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional Central page on GatorZone.com for all information leading up to the Gators’ NCAA Tournament and postseason run. Follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Gator softball. For broadcast and television information, visit the UF softball schedule page.

2013 NFCA All-Southeast Region Teams (view all of the NFCA All-Region teams)

First Team

Pos.

Name

School

P

Chelsea Thomas

University of Missouri

P

Hannah Rogers

University of Florida

C

Megan Baltzell

Longwood University

1B

Geri Ann Glasco

University of Georgia

2B

Lauren Gibson

University of Tennessee

3B

Raven Chavanne

University of Tennessee

SS

Madison Shipman

University of Tennessee

OF

Kaylee Puailoa

University of Georgia

OF

Kat Dotson

University of Tennessee

OF

Kori Nishitomi

Longwood University

UT/P

Lauren Haeger

University of Florida

DP/UT-Non-P

Brooke Short

Longwood University

Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

P

Lacey Waldrop

Florida State University

P

Ellen Renfroe

University of Tennessee

P

Emily Weiman

North Carolina State University

P

Kiana Quolas

Coastal Carolina University

C

Jenna Marston

University of Missouri

C

Sarah Simon

Jacksonville University

1B

Kelsea Roth

University of Missouri

2B

Kelsey Stewart

University of Florida

3B

Stephanie Tofft

University of Florida

SS

Paige Wilson

University of Georgia

SS

Ashley Thomas

Georgia Tech

OF

Kelsey Horton

University of Florida

OF

Morgan Bullock

Florida State University

OF

Shellie Robinson

University of South Carolina Upstate

OF

Haley Ward

Norfolk State University

UT/P

Lauren Cumbess

University of Kentucky

DP/UT-Non-P

Nicole Hudson

University of Missouri

 

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