Team USA Softball Again Has Tide Players

For the second-straight year, both junior outfielder Haylie McCleney and former Alabama pitcher Jaclyn Traina will spend their summer competing as members of Team USA.

The American Softball Association (ASA) held a three-day selection camp this week in Irvine, Calif., as the original list of 33 invitees was narrowed down to a final roster of 18. Thirteen of the 18 selected are making a repeat appearance while five are making their Team USA debut. This will be McCleney’s second-straight season with Team USA and Traina’s third-straight.

The team will compete in a series of exhibitions over the summer leading up to the World Cup of Softball X (July 2015) and the 2015 Pan American Games (July 15-26, 2015) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

McCleney, a native of Morris, followed up her stellar 2013 debut season with an even more impressive sophomore campaign in 2014. She was named a NFCA First Team All-American and Capital One Academic All-American, making her just the seventh player in school history to earn both awards in the same season. She was a Top 10 Finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award, leading the team with a .444 average, .556 on-base percentage and 70 runs scored. She started 65 games in center field, reaching base safely in all but one of those games. Her career batting average (.454) and on-base percentage (.548) are both currently school records, while she ranks second in career stolen base percentage (.941) and third in career slugging percentage (.674). McCleney is the sixth player in Alabama history to earn All-American honors in her first two seasons and is just the third to earn First Team honors in her sophomore season.

Traina, a 2014 graduate out of Naples, Fla., finished her Alabama career with 106 wins, making her just the third player in school history and ninth in SEC history with over 100 career wins. Along with McCleney, Traina was also named a Top 10 Finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award. She was named a First Team All-American in 2014, making her the fifth four-time All-American in school history and the only one to earn three First Team honors. She earned her second career SEC Pitcher of the Year award in 2014, suffering just one loss in conference play en route to the team’s fifth SEC Championship. Traina also ranks third in career strikeout average (7.91), third in saves (10), third in games started (130), third in innings pitched (863.2), sixth in career opposing batting average (.199) and sixth in ERA (2.03).

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