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