The awards continue to come for TWU’s Bailey Vrazel. On Wednesday she was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s 2012 Golden Shoe Award winner as the nation’s top base stealer for the second consecutive year.
Vrazel, a junior from Danbury, set TWU and Lone Star Conference single-season records with 74 stolen bases during her freshman season and then broke her records with 75 steals during the 2012 season.
In both seasons, she led all NCAA and NAIA softball players in stolen bases.
The Golden Shoe Award
is presented annually to the top base stealer from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), California Community College Athletic Association, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and high school.
A committee composed of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective Golden Shoe Award.
Vrazel led the Pioneers in batting average (.414), at-bats (174), runs (61), hits (72), walks (31) and on-base percentage (.514) and broke single-season school records in runs and walks.
She became the first Pioneer to earn All-America honors in her freshman and sophomore years.
She also was named the 2011-12 TWU President’s Award winner, 2012 Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Female Academic Athlete of the Year, and 2012 LSC Academic Player of the Year.