Tide Softball Has Four All-America

The Alabama softball team had four players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American team, and that tied a Crimson Tide record. Moreover, one doesn't have to dig too deep into the archives in a record search. This marks the third consecutive season that the Tide has had four honorees.

Alabama was represented by senior Kayla Braud on the first team, Junior Kaila Hunt and freshman Haylie McCleney on the second team, and junior Jackie Traina on the third team.

Braud (Eugene, Ore.) was named to the first team, earning All-America for the third time. The senior capped off her career at The Capstone ranking third in the country with a .471 batting average, 90 hits, 65 runs, and 38 stolen bases. Braud had a career .438 average, breaking the Alabama career record held by former All-America Kelly Kretschman.

Hunt (Evans, Ga.) earns All-America honors for the second straight season as she was named to the second team. Hunt led the team with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and added a .372 average and a .698 slugging percentage. She also scored 50 runs and walked a team-high 34 times for a .471 on base percentage.

In her first season in the collegiate ranks, McCleney (Morris) earned second team All-America. The rookie led the team with 68 runs, 120 total bases and a .538 on base percentage. She had a .465 average, 86 hits, a team-high 14 doubles, four home runs, and 41 RBI.

Traina (Naples, Fla.) was named to the third team, earning All-America honors for the second straight season. The right-hander posted a 19-8 record with a 2.49 ERA. She struck out 214 in 199 2/3 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .217 average. She also hit .333 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI while leading the team with a .701 slugging percentage.

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