News from MSU Media Relations--May 28

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior catcher Chelsea Bramlett was named Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-America for the third-straight year, the association announced Wednesday afternoon. Bramlett was also selected ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team catcher along with teammate Sammie Jo Bailey, who was voted to the third team.

Bramlett joins Kellie Wilkerson (1999-2002) as the only Bulldogs to receive NFCA all-America honors three times, but the Cordova, Tenn., native is the only MSU player to be named to the first team three-straight years.

"It's a tremendous honor for Chelsea and the Mississippi State softball program. It's tough to repeat as a first-team all-American, and to do that with better numbers than last season is a testament to the hard work she puts in every day," MSU head coach Jay Miller said. "She has been a pleasure to have here at Mississippi State, and we are looking forward to having her back for her senior season."

Bramlett was named an academic all-American for the second-straight year, making her and Kate Jaspers (2003-2004) the only Bulldogs to receive the honor on multiple occasions. Bailey's selection to the third team infield is her first academic all-America award.

"We are very proud of both Sammie Jo and Chelsea. They have been outstanding on the field and in the classroom, and it is nice to see their hard work recognized by CoSIDA," Miller said.

Bramlett's pair of all-America nods come following a stellar 2009 season where she led the SEC and the nation with a school-record 54 stolen bases. She also topped the league with a .486 batting average that ranked fourth in Division I softball.

In addition to her single-season record for stolen bases, the All-SEC first team selection also set the single-game steals mark (5) en route to becoming the school's career leader in the category with 146. Bramlett also eclipsed Wilkerson for State's career batting average record with a .439 mark.

The fifth-toughest player to strikeout in Division I, Bramlett added seven doubles and two triples while contributing 16 RBI and scoring an SEC third-most 55 runs.

Bailey posted a .260 batting average in her final season with the Bulldogs. The Lithonia, Ga., native tallied a team second-most nine doubles and drove in 24 runs while scoring 11 times. An SEC Community Service Team selection, Bailey claimed the top grade-point average among both the softball team and MSU female student-athletes three times.

MSU's female nominee for the prestigious SEC Boyd-McWhorter Post-Graduate Scholarship, Bailey finishes her career as one of the top defenders in school history. She posted a .984 fielding percentage this season in helping the Bulldogs to a school-record .977 clip. She closes her career ranked fourth in career fielding percentage (.981) and second in putouts (1,321).

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