Alabama Dominates Softball Honors

Alabama had no room for error. Beginning in April, the Crimson Tide softball team could not afford to lose a Southeastern Conference game. Mission accomplished. Bama ran off 21 consecutive victories to close out regular season play and win the SEC Championship. On Wednesday, the SEC recognized the achievement.

Alabama became the first school in SEC softball history to have the Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Freshman of the Year.

Alabama, which is ranked third in the nation and which managed a 45-9 overall record and 23-4 SEC mark despite having the nation's toughest schedule, is in Fayetteville, Ark., where the awards were announced and where the SEC Softball Tournament will begin Thursday. Alabama, the number one seed, will play host team Arkansas Thursday evening. The championship game is Saturday.

For the second consecutive season, Alabama's Charlotte Morgan was named Player of the Year. The Crimson Tide's Kelsi Dunne earned Pitcher of the Year honors, while head coach Pat Murphy was named Coach of the Year. There was a three-way tie for Freshman of the Year honors as Alabama's Kayla Braud, LSU's Rachele Fico and Tennessee's Kat Dotson were all selected. Arkansas' Jessica Bachkora was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The awards were voted on by the league's coaches.

Morgan becomes only the second player in SEC history to receive this honor twice in her career. The only other player to achieve this accomplishment was Mississippi State's Iyhia McMichael, who also won it back-to-back years in 2003 and 2004. The Moreno Valley, Calif. native led the league in slugging percentage, RBI and home runs, and ranked second in walks and third in on-base percentage. She also batted .536 with runners in scoring position and .476 with runners on base. Defensively, she only made one error all season at first base.

This marks the first honor for Dunne, who led the SEC in wins (13), strikeouts (144) and opposing batting average (.174) and lost only once in conference play this season. It is the second Pitcher of the Year honor for Alabama. The Port Orange, Fla. native struck out 10 or more in seven league games.

Murphy received Coach of they Year honors by guiding the Crimson Tide to their second SEC title and posting a 23-4 record in the league. This is the second honor for Murphy. He earned co-honors in 2006.

Another first this season is the three-way tie for Freshman of the Year. Alabama's Braud and Tennessee's Dotson were named First Team All-SEC while LSU's Fico was named Second Team. Braud led all freshmen in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles and triples. She is the first member of Alabama to hit .500 or better in league play.

The Tide's Whitney Larsen was on the second team. Braud was joined on the Freshman honor squad by outfielder Keima Davis.

The All-SEC Teams consist of 24 total student-athletes, along with a 12-member All-Freshman team and a nine-member All-Defensive Team. No ties were broken.

First Team All-SEC

P - Kelsi Dunne, Alabama

P - Stephanie Brombacher, Florida

IF - Kayla Braud, Alabama

IF - Megan Bush, Florida

IF - Alisa Goler, Georgia

IF - Molly Johnson, Kentucky

OF - Francesca Enea, Florida

OF - Taylor Schlopy, Georgia

OF - Megan Wiggins, Georgia

OF - Kirsten Shortridge, LSU

OF - Kat Dotson, Tennessee

C - Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State

DP/U - Charlotte Morgan, Alabama

Second Team All-SEC

P - Rachele Fico, LSU

P - Ivy Renfroe, Tennessee

IF - Whitney Larsen, Alabama

IF - Kyndall White, Auburn

IF - Aja Paculba, Florida

IF - Lauren Grill, Ole Miss

OF - Jessica Bachkora, Arkansas

OF - Michelle Moultrie, Florida

OF - Rachel Mitchell, LSU

OF - Raven Chavanne, Tennessee

C - Megan Yocke, Kentucky

DP/U - Miranda Dixon, Arkansas

Freshman All-SEC

P - Rachele Fico, LSU

P - Ivy Renfroe, Tennessee

IF - Kayla Braud, Alabama

IF - Courtney Breault, Arkansas

IF - Brittany Walker, Florida

IF - Lauren Gibson, Tennessee

OF - Keima Davis, Alabama

OF - Jessica Cooley, Mississippi State

OF - Raven Chavanne, Tennessee

OF - Kat Dotson, Tennessee

C - Brittany Schutte, Florida

DP/U - Kelsey Horton, Florida

SEC All-Defensive

P - Kelsi Dunne, Alabama;

Rachele Fico, LSU

C - Megan Yocke, Kentucky

1B - Brianna Hesson, Georgia

2B - Aja Paculba, Florida

SS - Molly Johnson, Kentucky

3B - Jessica Mouse, LSU

Sandra Smith, Arkansas

LF - Megan Wiggins, Georgia

CF - Kirsten Shortridge, LSU

RF - Rachel Mitchell, LSU

Kat Dotson, Tennessee

Player of the Year

Charlotte Morgan, Alabama

Pitcher of the Year

Kelsi Dunne, Alabama

Coach of the Year

Pat Murphy, Alabama

Co-Freshmen of the Year

Kayla Braud, Alabama; Rachele Fico, LSU; Kat Dotson, Tennessee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Jessica Bachkora, Arkansas

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