LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In all 54 players from 32 different institutions were selected to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.
To view the complete 2013 NFCA Division I All-American Teams, please visit the following link. Videos for the first, second and third teams are at the bottom of this release.
The four conferences that will participate at this year’s Women’s College World Series were well represented as an impressive 38 of the 54 total nods, including all 18 student-athletes on the first team, were garnered from either the Southeastern Conference (15), the Pacific-12 Conference (10), the Big 12 Conference (eight) or the Big Ten Conference (five).
In addition, all eight programs that will be competing from May 30-June 5 for the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas, each received at least one inclusion on the prestigious squads. Oklahoma, Oregon and Alabama led the country with four total selections each, while Tennessee joined the Ducks in leading the nation with three student-athletes tabbed to the NFCA All-American First Team.
Leading off a three-pitcher contingent on the 2013 first team was USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts. Also the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after finishing unbeaten in league play at 10-0, the senior has rolled to an impressive 31-1 overall record with 16 solo shutouts while possessing 129 career triumphs, good for 10th most in DI history. Ricketts currently ranks sixth in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (10.5) and tied for eighth in victories.
Joining Ricketts as hurlers on the first team were Texas’ Blaire Luna and Florida’s Hannah Rogers. A first-team All-Big 12 selection and a top 10 finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year, Luna has guided Texas back to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2006, leading the Longhorn pitching staff with a 30-5 record, a 1.16 ERA, 12 solo shutouts and 384 strikeouts over a team-leading 229.2 innings of work to top NCAA Division I in strikeouts per seven innings. Rogers, a first-team All-SEC choice in 2013, has registered the third most wins in the nation with 33 against just five defeats to go along with a 1.48 ERA, 27 complete games and 238 K’s over 255.1 frames while leading the Gators to both the SEC regular-season and tournament titles as well as back to the WCWS.
This year’s first team selection behind the plate was Amber Freeman out of Arizona State University. The Pac-12 Softball Player of the Year and a top 25 finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year trophy, she hit .369 overall in 2013 with an impressive 29 extra-base hits, including 18 home runs, and 61 RBIs.
Another member of Oklahoma’s top-ranked squad christened this year’s infield contingent as Lauren Chamberlain took the nod at first base. One of the top home run hitters in the nation and a top three finalist for 2013 USA Softball National Player of the Year as well as the nation’s leader in slugging at 1.072 and ranked second in Division I homers entering NCAA play, Chamberlain recorded a team-best .442 average with 64 runs batted in and a .599 on-base percentage while being placed on the All-Big 12 First Team.
Overall, the color orange dominated this year’s first team infield as the Tennessee softball team boasted three members of the talented group in second baseman Lauren Gibson, shortstop Madison Shipman and third baseman Raven Chavanne.
Previously a two-time first team All-American and the 2013 SEC Player of the Year, Gibson, a senior out of Pasadena, Maryland, and also a top 10 finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award, broke the Lady Vol record for home runs in a single season with 18 while batting .407 with 64 runs scored and a team-high 66 RBIs. A top three finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year trophy and now a four-time NFCA All-American, Chavanne rated fourth in the country in both batting average at .468 and in runs-per-game, while swiping 39 bases in 40 attempts, bashing seven home runs and knocking in 32 runs. The senior will complete her career as UT’s leader in runs scored, steals and batting average. Shipman, a junior first team All-SEC selection and a 2012 NFCA All-American, hit a career-high .380 in 2013 with 50 runs scored, 10 HR’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 thefts. She also led the SEC and ranked top 20 in the nation in doubles with 20.
Representatives from three different conferences made up this year’s first team outfield as honorees included Oregon’s Janie Takeda, Penn State’s Cassidy Bell and Alabama’s Kayla Braud.
A first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2013, Takeda led the Ducks with a .442 batting average, good enough for 14th in all of NCAA Division I, and 31 stolen bases while also contributing 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBIs. Bell completed the 2013 campaign with a program-record .456 batting average. She also broke single-season Penn State marks with 20 home runs, 55 runs scored and 42 walks while posting a 1.007 slugging percentage and a .591 on-base percentage. The center fielder was quick on the base paths, leading the team with 18 stolen bases, 13 doubles and a triple while totaling 17 multiple-hit and 10 multi-RBI games. Now a three-time NFCA All-American selection, Braud completed her time with the Crimson Tide as the school’s all-time leader in batting average (.438). She also finished ranked second in on base percentage (.512), runs (271), hits (344) and stolen bases (182). During the 2013 campaign she rated third in nation in batting average at .471 and 14th in runs per game.
The top utility/pitcher in the country for 2013 was Washington’s Kaitlin Inglesby. A junior, she was chosen as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and a top 25 finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year trophy after posting 22 total victories from the circle while hitting nearly .350 overall with 10 HR’s and 50-plus RBIs. In the Husky record books, she ranks in the top 10 all-time in career batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging and on base percentage.
The selection at DP or utility/non-pitcher was Oregon’s Alexa Peterson. The junior from Salem, Oregon, was chosen both first team All-Pac 12 and NFCA All-Pacific Region in 2013 after batting .424 with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 39 RBIs for the league regular-season champion Ducks.
The five overall at-large selections chosen to the first team began with Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas. The senior hurler was tabbed as the SEC Pitcher of the Year in 2013 after finishing first in the league with 13 wins, 117 strikeouts and a .177 batting average against. Overall, she posted a 24-6 record and completed her career as the Tigers’ all-time leader with 111 triumphs.
Another at-large selection on this year’s first team was utility-pitcher Lauren Haeger, a first-team All-SEC choice from Florida. The sophomore powered the Gator offense with 18 HR’s, 45 walks and a .704 slugging percentage to go along with 12 doubles, 41 runs scored and a .335 batting average. From the circle she was an impressive 15-2 overall with a 2.31 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 115 frames.
Also on the first team as an at-large selection at third base was Texas’ Taylor Hoagland. The senior guided the Longhorn offense in batting average at .433 with 12 doubles, 14 home runs, 44 RBIs, 27 stolen bases and a team-best 65 runs scored. The four-time All-Big 12 First Team choice established a new single-season UT record with 68 walks while her .615 on-base percentage rated third in all of NCAA Division I.
LSU ace Rachele Fico was selected as an at-large selection at pitcher after wrapping up her career in the Purple & Gold ranked third in wins with 78 and fourth in strikeouts in LSU history with 797. The 2013 second team All-SEC selection led the Tiger pitching staff with a 24-13 overall record to go along with a 2.34 ERA, 29 complete games, 10 solo shutouts and 232 strikeouts in 224.1 innings while opponents managed to hit at just a .200 clip.
The last at-large All-American selection on this year’s first team was Oregon pitcher Jessica Moore. The school record holder for career wins with 100 victories, the senior hurler became the Ducks’ second-ever Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honoree in 2013 after logging triumphs over seven of eight league foes. She completed the year ranked the national top 20 for wins with a 27-6 record to go along with a 1.71 ERA and 197 strikeouts over 200.2 innings of work.