2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America First Team Video
2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Second Team Video
2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Third Team Video
2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Team Listing
Players from 32 institutions and 12 different conferences have been named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences dominated selections, with Women's College World Series No. 1 seed Florida leading all teams with five players on one of the three teams. All eight schools competing in the Series, which starts Thursday in Oklahoma City, earned at least two All-American nods, while a total of 19 honorees will compete in this week's championship.
No. 1 seed Florida's All-America selections are headlined by SEC Pitcher of the Year Stacey Nelson. After the regular season, the 5-foot-10-inch senior from Los Alamitos, California, had a 0.36 earned run average, while opponents were batting just .154 against her.
Four Gators made the second team: pitcher Stephanie Brombacher, second baseman Aja Paculba, and outfielders Kelsey Bruder and Francesca Enea. Brombacher put together a 20-0 record for the second straight season, along with a 0.81 ERA. Paculba hit .375 and stole 27 of 31 bases, while Bruder, a utility player, had an outstanding season defensively, fielding 1.000 in the outfield. Enea, a junior from Woodland Hills, California, led the Gators in home runs (17) and RBIs (65).
Arizona and Alabama both have three honorees. Arizona outfielder Brittany Lastrapes is a first team selection, batting .458 with 17 home runs before the postseason. The Wildcats also have two third team award winners Ã¢€“ catcher Stacie Chambers and third baseman Jenae Leles. Chambers led the nation in home runs with 31, while Leles fielded .960 at the hot corner.
Alabama's three All-Americans include first team honorees pitcher Kelsi Dunne and at-large utility/pitcher selection Charlotte Morgan. During the regular season, Dunne posted a 24-2 record with a 1.21 ERA, striking out 211 batters in 167.1 innings of play. Morgan, the SEC Player of the Year, is known for her bat as well as her pitching, and she led the team with a .414 batting average and 48 RBIs.
Alabama's third selection was outfielder Brittany Rogers, a second-team honoree who is an All-American for the fourth time in her career. The Dacula, Georgia, native hit .393, fielded at a perfect 1.000 clip and was 42 of 48 on stolen bases.
The remaining five WCWS finalists have two award winners each, with Washington and Georgia placing both of their honorees on the first team. Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who was just named USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year, had a 0.76 ERA at the end of the regular season. The Huskies second baseman, Ashley Charters, was hitting .462 at the close of conference play.
Georgia's Alisa Goler took third base honors on the first team, while outfielder Taylor Schlopy was a first team at-large selection. Goler had a slugging percentage of 1.029 with 75 RBIs. In the outfield, Schlopy fielded 1.000 and had an on-base percentage of .572.
Arizona State placed one player on the first team -- four-time All-American Kaitlin Cochran. Her on-base percentage of .628 currently is No. 1 in the country, and she also ranks in the nation's top 10 in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and home runs per game. Another Sun Devil, Jessica Mapes, was selected the third team utility/non-pitcher with a .392 batting average.
Michigan pitcher Nikki Nemitz made the first team as an at-large selection. Voted unanimously as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, Nemitz was 22-5 in the regular season. The Wolverines' Amanda Chidester is the second team utility/non-pitcher. Only a freshman, Chidester hit .369 with 17 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs.
Missouri's selections are second teamers third baseman Lindsey Ubrun and Marla Schweisberger, an at-large utility/non-pitcher. Going into the postseason, Ubrun was hitting .359 with a .750 slugging percentage. Schweisberger, a unanimous first team All-Big 12 selection, had a .664 slugging percentage in the regular season.