Seven SEC Softball Players Earn Academic All-America Recognition

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

Seven SEC Softball Players Earn Academic All-America Recognition

Seven Southeastern Conference softball players have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Softball team, as elected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Alabama’s Kayla Braud and Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne were named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team. Second-team selections from the SEC include Jackey Branham of Alabama, Kelsey Horton of Florida, Michelle Moultrie of Florida, Cassie Reilly-Boccia of Alabama and Ellen Renfroe of Tennessee.

A junior public relations major with a 3.92 G.P.A., Braud is batting .351 for No. 2 Alabama, now 53-7 on the season. She helped the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA Super Regional for the fifth year in a row. Braud, is the third-leading hitter for the Crimson Tide and has scored 55 runs. She leads Alabama with 39 stolen bases in 44 attempts. She has earned All-American honors from the NFCA twice and was the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010.

Chavanne, a junior political science major with a 3.89 G.P.A., is a Capital One Academic All-America first-team selection as an infielder this season. She earned first team notice as an outfielder last year. A native of Thousand Oaks, Cal., she is a finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A two-time NFCA All-American (2010, 2011), she is Tennessee’s all-time leading hitter (.450). She also ranks third in career steals (102), seventh in runs scored (173) and eighth in base hits (260). The Vols’ third baseman and leadoff hitter has led No. 5 Tennessee to a 50-11 record and a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals. Currently batting .439, she has 84 career multi-hit games at Tennessee.

First Team
P – Hillary Bach, Arizona State
P – Ashley Brignac, Louisiana
C – Jenna Marston, Missouri
IF – Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
IF – Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
IF – Jennifer Colquhon, Lehigh
IF – Alicia Herron, Ohio State
OF – Kayla Braud, Alabama
OF – Mallory Duran-Sellers, Southern Illinois
OF – Leah Taylor, UT-Martin
DP – Bailey Wigness, Arizona State

Second Team
P – Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee
P – Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
C – Kelsey Horton, Florida
IF – Jackey Branham, Alabama
IF – Chelsea Garcia, Oklahoma State
IF – Cassie Reilly-Boccia, Alabama
IF – Stacie Toney, BYU
OF – Ashley Fleming, Missouri
OF – Annie Lockwood, Arizona State
OF – Michelle Moultrie, Florida
DP – Jill Jelnick, East Carolina

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