Florida pitcher/designated hitter Lauren Haeger was named SEC Female Athlete of the Year on Thursday morning.
“To be a part of the Gator softball team has truly been a privilege,” Haeger said in the Florida release. “Softball is a team sport and I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Gator program. It has been a wonderful season to share with my teammates, coaches and all the Gator fans. I hope everyone who competed, coached or cheered the Gator softball team can take some pride in this award because all played a role this memorable season.”
Her college career ended with the SEC record for career home runs (71) and the school record for career RBI (260). Haeger had her best year as a pitcher in 2015, going 32-2 and starting the year with 24 straight wins. She hit 19 homers and had 71 RBI as a senior and her 1.23 ERA was the fifth best nationally. Haeger ended her Florida career with a 73-12 record as a pitcher.
Haeger was also named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and the WCWS Most Outstanding Player.
"It's an amazing accomplishment for Lauren (Haeger) to be named the Female Athlete of the Year in the SEC,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “It’s a tremendous honor for Lauren and all of her teammates who helped her achieve this award. This says a lot about the season she had and shows the overall importance of being a great player on a team that has a great year. We are very honored for the SEC to recognize Lauren and super proud of her and the great career she has had for the Gators."