Six Selected

For the first time in school history, the University of Alabama softball team received six selections to the NFCA All-South Region team in an announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Four of the six Alabama players named to the list were on the first team while two others were selected to the second team. The previous best for a season was five set last year and in 2001. The 2001 team was the only other squad to have four named to the first team. Alabama has had multiple selections in all 11 seasons of the program with four or more in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

Sophomore Brittany Rogers made her second straight first team appearance. Junior Chrissy Owens was also named to the first team to give her back-to-back All-South Region honors. She was named to the second team in 2006. Sophomores Lauren Parker and Kelley Montalvo were each named to the first team for the first time in their college careers.

The two second team picks were Charlotte Morgan and Jordan Praytor. Morgan, a freshman first baseman from Moreno Valley, Calif., earned the honor in her first year with the Tide. Praytor has made three straight appearances on the all-region squad.

Rogers, an outfielder from Dacula, Ga., led the SEC with 58 runs scored and was ranked third in the conference with a .415 batting avg. She was also tied for third with 80 hits and was third with 44 stolen bases. Her 44 steals is a single season school record. She is fifth nationally in stolen bases per game, 20th in runs per game and 31st in batting avg. Rogers has hit both inside and outside the park home runs from the left and right side of the plate this season. She has 12 extra base hits with six doubles, two triples and four home runs for a slugging pct. of .528. She has a .436 on-base pct. Rogers was also a first team All-SEC choice.

Owens, a right-handed pitcher from Miami, Fla., moved in to the Tide's No. 1 pitching role this season and has compiled a 24-3 record and 1.15 ERA to earn recognition as one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. She only allowed two home runs all season with one in SEC games, the fewest of any pitcher in the SEC. She ranks 11th in the country in ERA and 22nd in victories. She is fourth in the league in ERA and victories and tied for third with 26 earned runs allowed. She has 135 strikeouts in 158 1/3 innings this season. Her 11 shutouts are the second most in school history. Owens was a second team All-SEC pick.

Parker, a transfer from Baylor University and native of Port Neches, Texas, has been one of the top players in the nation in 2007. One of 25 finalists for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, the second baseman ranks sixth in the nation with a .463 batting avg. She is also 19th with a .776 slugging pct. and ranks in the top-50 in both RBI per game and runs per game. She is second in the SEC in batting, slugging pct. and on-base pct. (.516). She also leads the team with 44 RBI to go with nine home runs, 46 runs scored, 11 doubles and 15 stolen bases. She ranks in the top-10 of the SEC in nine different categories. She was a first team All-SEC selection.

Montalvo, a third baseman from Miami, Fla., is tied for the team lead with 10 home runs. Her total is tied for fifth in the SEC for the season. She is also seventh with a .635 slugging pct. In SEC games only she was second with six home runs and a .657 slugging pct. For the season she batted .328 with 21 extra base hits. She was second on the team with 10 doubles to go with her 10 home runs and one triple. She scored 36 runs and knocked in 33 more. She also drew 21 walks for a .416 OBP and stole 10 bases.

Morgan, a freshman first baseman from Moreno Valley, Calif., was the top power hitter in conference play in her first season of collegiate softball. She led all players with seven home runs and 28 RBI. She hit a home run in seven of the 10 SEC series. She also ranked third with 52 total bases and was fifth in batting avg. (.378), slugging pct. (.642) and runs scored (20). On the season she hit nine home runs with a .594 slugging pct. She drew 23 walks for a .451 OBP compared to only nine strikeouts. She batted .357 with 34 runs and 40 RBI. She is also an excellent defensive player with only two errors in 340 total chances.

Praytor, a junior designated player from Vancouver, Wash., has come on strong in the last few weeks of the season, batting .500 over the last 12 games of the regular season. A threat on the basepaths she ranks in the top-50 in the country in stolen bases per game and is second on the team with 29 swipes. She ranks eighth in the SEC with a .466 OBP and is seventh in walks (27) and stolen bases. She is batting .364 on the year with six home runs and 40 RBI. She has scored 39 runs, has 59 hits, six doubles and two triples. She was fifth in conference games only with five home runs, 18 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

The Tide matches Tennessee for the most first team selections as the two schools took eight of the 12 spots. The Crimson Tide were the only school in the South region with six selections.

The All-American teams will be announced at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.


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