April 2, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior infielder Kaila Hunt has been selected as one of ten finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for softball.
The CLASS award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, celebrates student-athletes that excel on and off the field.
The 10 finalists were selected by national media from the pool of 30 initial candidates announced at the beginning of the season. The winner will be selected by a vote of Division I head coaches, media and fans. Fans are encouraged to vote at www.seniorclassaward.com through May 12. The 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series.
Hunt, a secondary education major from Evans, Ga., has been a key source of power in the Alabama lineup during her time at the Capstone. Her 55 career home runs put her just six shy of breaking Kelly Kretschman's school record of 60, set back in 2001. She owns 201 career RBI, joining Charlotte Morgan (264, 2007-10) as the only players in school history to surpass 200.
Hunts tireless work ethic extends to the classroom as well. Last season, she became just the sixth player in Alabama history to earn NFCA All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in the same season. She is a two-time Academic All-District honoree, a two-time Academic All-SEC honoree and two-time NFCA All-America scholar athlete.
Alabama has won the softball CLASS award twice, with Charlotte Morgan winning in 2010 and Kayla Braud winning in 2013.
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