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Kelsey Stewart was named a First Team Preseason All-American by espnW.

Wednesday February 5, 2014Stewart, Rogers Named to espnW Preseason All-America Team

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Kelsey Stewart was named a First Team Preseason All-American by espnW.

Following their selections to the Preseason All-SEC Team, Gator Softball second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and pitcher Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) were named to espnW’s Preseason All-America Team, unveiled Wednesday (Feb. 5) by ESPN.com. Stewart was a First Team choice, while Rogers earned Second-Team honors.  

 

A three-time All-American in her first three years at UF, Rogers was a Top-25 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award each of the last two years. The senior has garnered three straight All-Southeast Region First Team honors, and last year paced the SEC in wins (33), strikeouts (243), saves (five) and innings pitched (270.2). Rogers came in second in the league in ERA (1.71) and allowed an opponents’ batting average of .199.

 

In her first season at UF, Stewart was an NFCA All-Southeast Region selection and a member of the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team. The sophomore was named to the SEC All-Tournament team following the Gators’ sweep of the conference tournament and regular-season championships. The second baseman established Florida single-season standards for triples (10), stolen bases (36) and stolen base attempts (39). Stewart also led the Gators in batting average (.378) and hits (90), winning two SEC Player of the Week honors and a National Player of the Week selection on Feb. 12.  

 

The Gators are the coaches’ preseason pick to win the 2014 SEC title, and are ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the major national polls. Florida opens the season Thursday (Feb. 6) at USF before playing five games in three days at the Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. Florida’s 2014 schedule can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

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The full 2014 Preseason All-SEC Team can be found here.

 

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