Tide Softball Has 4 On SEC Pre-Season

The Alabama softball team garnered four selections as the Southeastern Conference unveiled its fifth annual Preseason All-SEC team on Tuesday. Seniors Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Amanda Locke, junior Kayla Braud, and sophomore Jackie Traina nabbed the preseason recognition.

Alabama and Tennessee led all schools with four selections, followed by Florida with three. Auburn and Kentucky had one selection each. Braud, Tennessee's Raven Chavanne, and Florida's Brittany Schutte are making their second consecutive appearance to the team.

Braud and Traina are coming off of an All-American season. Braud once again set the table for the potent Crimson Tide offense atop the lineup by leading the team with a .436 average, 71 runs, 89 hits and an SEC-leading 58 stolen bases.

Traina proved to be one of the top dual threats in the country as she hit .351 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI. In the circle the rookie posted a 19-5 record with a 1.70 ERA. The right-hander struck out 190 in 156 1/3 innings pitched.

Locke proved to be one of the top players for the Tide during the SEC season, powering her way to second team honors. In 2011, Locke hit .307 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI despite only accumulating 114 at bats.

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