Four Tide Softball Players All-America

The Alabama softball team had four players earn 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America honors. Senior Kelsi Dunne (Port Orange, Fla.), sophomore Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) and freshman Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) earned first-team accolades while senior Whitney Larsen (Vestavia Hills) garnered second-team honors.

The four NFCA All-Americans equals the most in a single season in school history, tying the mark set in 2001 and 2008. The three first-team selections tie the most in school history with the trio in 2008.

Alabama will open play in its seventh trip to the WCWS on Thursday against California. The two teams will get things started at Noon CDT, with Pam Ward and Michele Smith calling the action on ESPN2.

Dunne earns her fourth straight All-America honor and her second first-team selection (2008). The right-hander enters the Women's College World Series with a 27-4 record and a 1.15 ERA.

The Alabama career strikeout record holder has fanned 309 in 212 1/3 innings and has held opponents to a .139 batting average this season. Dunne joins Brittany Rogers, Jackie McClain and Kelly Kretschman as the only Alabama players to nab All-America honors in all four seasons.

Braud garners the honor for the second straight season, earning first-team accolades for the first time. The sophomore leads the team with a .440 average and has added 85 hits and 71 runs.

The fleet-footed outfielder leads the country with 58 stolen bases, just two shy of the single season school record. Braud also sports a .522 on base percentage and has added 10 doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI.

Traina earns first-team honors in just her first season at the collegiate level, joining Ashley Courtney as the only Tide player to nab first-team accolades as a true freshman. The rookie earned the nod as a pitcher/utility player, etching her name as one of the top two-way threats in the country.

At the plate, Traina is tied for the team lead with 13 home runs and her .701 slugging percentage paces the squad. She has also driven in 45 runs while adding a .354 average. In the circle, the right-hander is 19-5 with a 1.28 ERA – the lowest mark ever by an Alabama freshman. She has also struck out 183 in 147 2/3 innings and has held opponents to a .190 batting average.

Larsen earns second-team honors on the heels of a stellar senior campaign. The shortstop, who garners All-America accolades for the first time in her career, leads the team with 62 RBI and is tied for the top mark on the squad with 13 home runs. Larsen also sports a .352 batting average, a .476 on base percentage and a .691 slugging percentage.

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