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NFCA Announces 2012 Division I All-Americans

Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain. Courtesy of OU Athletic Media Relations.STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fifty-four student-athletes from 33 different institutions representing 13 conferences have earned the honor of being named to one of the three 2012 Division I All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.

The four conferences that will be represented at this year’s Women’s College World Series, the Big East, the Big 12, the Southeastern and the Pacific-12, were also well represented on this season’s All-American teams, accounting for over half of the 54 selections.

All eight schools that will compete for a national title at this week’s WCWS in Oklahoma City had at least one player selected to one of the three teams. Alabama, Tennessee and UCLA led all institutions with four overall selections, while Oklahoma led the nation in first-team honorees with three.

The first of Oklahoma’s three first-teamers this season was pitcher Keilani Ricketts. Ricketts is currently second in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings with 10.8 and third in ERA at 0.99. The other Sooners named to the first team were catcher Jessica Shults and first baseman Lauren Chamberlain. Shults will take a .380 average into Oklahoma City this week, along with a .771 slugging percentage, while Chamberlain is currently second in the country in home runs with 27 and is hitting at a .352 clip. This is the first All-America honor for Chamberlain and the third for both Ricketts and Shults.

The Crimson Tide of Alabama notched four selections including Jackie Traina, an at-large selection at utility/pitcher on the first team, shortstop Kaila Hunt and designated player or utility non-pitcher Amanda Locke on the second team. The final All-American for the Tide this season is outfielder Jennifer Fenton on the third team.

Traina, now a two-time first-team All-American, is currently 37-2 on the year with a 1.67 ERA and 316 strikeouts in the circle, while also hitting .308 with 31 RBIs at the plate. Hunt is currently batting .324 with a team-high 74 RBIs, while Locke has 17 home runs and a slugging percentage of .713. Fenton currently leads Alabama with a batting average of .389 to go along with 43 stolen bases.

The final team in Oklahoma City with four All-Americans is Tennessee. Earning the award for the Lady Vols this season were pitcher Ellen Renfroe and second baseman Lauren Gibson on the first team and third baseman Raven Chavanne and at-large shortstop Madison Shipman on the second team.

With their selection, Chavanne is now a three-time All-American, while Renfroe and Gibson become two-time All-Americans. Renfroe currently boasts a 1.18 ERA and 27-4 record, while Gibson is hitting .418 and leads the team in walks with 45. Chavanne will take team highs of a .433 batting average and 32 stolen bases to the WCWS this week, while Shipman is currently the Lady Vols’ leader in RBIs with 63 while also scoring 41 runs of her own.

All three of California’s honorees are now multiple-time award winners, with Valerie Arioto earning her third honor and Jolene Henderson and Jamia Reid earning their second. Henderson, now a two-time first-team pitcher, is currently sporting the nation’s fifth lowest ERA at 1.10 and leads the country in shutouts with 17. Arioto, the utility-pitcher selection to this year’s first team, has the 11th lowest ERA in the country, at 1.32, to go along with 155 strikeouts. She is also currently tied with Reid for the team’s highest batting average at .385 and leads the Golden Bears in RBIs with 60. Reid, a second-team outfielder, also has 51 runs and is third in the country in stolen bases with 47.

Both of Arizona State’s honorees made the first team with Katelyn Boyd earning her third straight honor, this year at shortstop, and Alix Johnson earning her first nod as an outfielder. Boyd is leading the Sun Devils currently with a .448 batting average, the fifth highest in the nation, and 61 RBIs, while Johnson has 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 38 walks.

Earning All-American honors for Oregon were at-large outfielder Samantha Pappas on the second team and pitcher Jessica Moore on the third team. Pappas is currently batting .396 with 39 RBIs and 16 doubles, while Moore has the eighth most wins in Division I at 32 to go along with a 2.57 ERA and 244 strikeouts.

Rounding out the honorees on display this week in Oklahoma City are Rachele Fico, a first-team at-large pitcher from LSU, and Sara Nevins, a second-team pitcher from South Florida. Fico currently sports the lowest ERA in the nation at 0.92 and is 20-11 on the season, while Nevins is 31-6, has the fourth lowest ERA in the country at 1.03 and the nation’s seventh most strikeouts at 323.



To view a listing of all of the 2012 NFCA Division I All-Americans, click here.