Moultrie Named SEC Player of the Year

Florida senior center fielder Michelle Moultrie was named SEC Player of the Year by the league on Wednesday. She became the fourth Florida softball player in school history to win the award and the third since Tim Walton became the head coach in 2006. Four Florida freshmen were placed on the Freshman All-SEC team to tie the most from one school in SEC history.

Michelle Moultrie ended the regular season with a .395 batting average and a .495 on-base percentage near the top of the Florida lineup. The senior tied for second on the team with ten home runs and recorded 29 RBI. Moultrie worked 24 walks and was hit by ten pitches while striking out just 17 times.

She was also 21-25 in stolen bases and posted a 1.000% fielding percentage while patrolling center field. Moultrie also led the team with 58 runs scored. She was the only First Team All-SEC member on the Florida team.

Sophomore pitcher Hannah Rogers and catcher Kelsey Horton were named Second Team All-SEC.

Rogers heads into postseason play with a 26-6 record and a 1.26 ERA. In 199.1 innings pitched, Rogers allowed 130 hits and struck out 180 batters while holding opposing hitters to a .183 batting average.

Horton was third on the team with a .321 batting average and tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. She is second on the team with 40 RBI and third with a .441 on-base percentage.

Florida tied the SEC record by placing four on the SEC All-Freshman Team—pitcher Alyssa Bache, infielder Lauren Haeger, infielder Sami Fagan and outfielder Jess Damico.

Bache is 5-0 on the mound with a 1.39 ERA. In 40.1 innings pitched, she struck out 31 hitters and allowed 31 hits.

Haeger has made her impact on the mound and at the plate. She is hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. On the mound, she is 13-4 with a 1.44 ERA while striking out 117 hitters in 106.2 innings pitched.

Fagan is hitting .365 and is second on the team with 48 runs scored.

Damico is hitting .225 with one home run and six RBI.

Moultrie and Rogers were both also on the SEC All-Defensive team for their strong play in the field.

The Gators open the SEC Tournament against LSU at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday.

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