Softball: Vrazel tops individual awards list

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After making the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional tournament earlier this month, the TWU softball team continues to have accolades roll in for the team’s top players.

Sophomore Bailey Vrazel was named to the Daktronics All-America second team for the second consecutive season. Vrazel is the 13th All-American in TWU softball history and she is the first Pioneer to earn the All-American distinction in her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Along with leading all collegiate softball players in steals for the second consecutive season with 75, which broke her own school record and the Lone Star Conference single-season record, Vrazel was also named the 2012 LSC Academic Player of the Year. Starting all 54 games at shortstop, she led the team in several categories with a .414 batting average, 61 runs scored, 31 walks and an on-base percentage of .514.

Also, Vrazel, sophomore Katie Hines and senior Addison Staley were all recently named to both the 2012 Daktronics All-South Central Region first team and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-South Central Region second team.

The Daktronics teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA); the NFCA teams are voted on by the coaches in each of the eight regions.

Hines started all 54 games for TWU this season as a pitcher, designated player and outfielder. In the circle, she started 24 games and led the team in wins with 18, posting a 3.36 ERA and 76 strikeouts. From the other side of the plate, Hines led the team with 14 doubles and 50 RBIs. She batted .336 with nine home runs and 31 runs scored.

Staley also started all 54 games, posting a .351 batting average, and was second on the team with 44 stolen bases, 52 runs scored and 27 walks. Staley was also named as one of the inaugural LSC Golden Glove Award winners with her stellar defensive play in left field.

 


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