Alabama Softball Has Three All-SEC

The Southeastern Conference announced its fourth annual Preseason All-SEC team for the upcoming season of SEC Softball. Alabama had three players named to the list as seniors Kelsi Dunne and Whitney Larsen and sophomore Kayla Braud claimed the preseason honor.

This is the third consecutive appearance on the list for Alabama All-America Kelsi Dunne. The 2010 SEC Pitcher of the Year struck out a single season school record 355 batters in 2010 and finished 30-6 with a 1.97 ERA. The right-hander capped off the season 24-2 in her last 26 games, striking out 249 in her final 150 innings pitched. Dunne was also named MVP of the conference tournament.

Kayla Braud is returning after a stellar freshman season in which she broke the Alabama single season batting record with a .505 average. The All-America was a Top-10 finalist for USA/ASA Player of the Year. The Eugene, Ore., native also collected 75 hits, scored 95 runs and swiped 45 bases.

Whitney Larsen joins the preseason squad for the first time in her stellar career. Larsen finished the 2010 campaign with a career year, batting .318 while adding 15 home runs and 57 RBI. The infielder saw action in all 63 of the Tide's games and was an All-SEC second team and SEC all-tournament team selection.

The preseason All-SEC team consists of 13 players. Braud was one of four sophomores selected, the rest of the list being seniors.

First pitch for this year's Alabama squad is Feb. 11 in the Hibbett Sports/Easton All-Alabama Softball Classic with a 6 p.m., match-up against Samford. The three-day tournament will be hosted at Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills.

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