Alabama Softball Players Honored for Stellar Season

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama softball team had four players earn 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American honors. Sophomore Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) was named to the first team, senior Amanda Locke (Mesquite, Texas) and sophomore Kaila Hunt (Evans, Ga.) were named to the second team and senior Jennifer Fenton (Kennesaw, Ga.) was named to the third team.

The four NFCA All-Americans equals the most in a single season in school history, tying the mark set in 2001, 2008, and 2011.

Traina earns her second straight All-American honor and her second first-team selection (2011). The right-hander enters the Women's College World Series with a 37-2 record and a 1.67 ERA.

The sophomore leads the Southeastern Conference with 316 strikeouts in 246 2/3 innings of work this season. She has been especially potent in the postseason, with a 4-0 record and a 1.25 ERA in four starts and 35 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Hunt has been a power hitter at the plate this season, with a team-high 20 home runs and 74 RBI on the year. She is in second place in UA single season history in home runs and is tied for second in runs driven in. She is leading the team with a .747 slugging percentage, in addition to hitting .324 on the year. She enters the WCWS with 23 RBI in her past 11 games.

Locke has been a solid complement to Hunt this season, as she has hit 17 home runs, good for second on the team, in addition to driving in 51 runs. The two have combined for 37 home runs, which is second in school history between two teammates. Locke has slugged at a .713 clip, good for second on the team, and has batted .313.

Fenton has been a steadying senior influence for the Crimson Tide, and has been one of the steadiest postseason performers in school history. Fenton leads the team with a .389 batting average and 43 stolen bases. She set the national record earlier this season when she stole her 74th consecutive stolen base against LSU.

Alabama will open play in its eighth trip to the WCWS on Thursday, May 31, against SEC foe Tennessee. The two teams will get things started at 6 p.m. CT, with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza calling the game on ESPN2.

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