Softball Sweeps Postseason Conference Honors
May 12, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the first time in Southeastern Conference history a single team captured all four major athletic awards. The Alabama softball team secured the Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year honors as announced by the league office Wednesday.
"I think it's a great honor and sign of respect when the opposing coaches in your league vote for these awards," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "I know everyone that was honored is appreciative of the respect. When it comes from your peers, I think it is even more special to receive the recognition. Both Aly (Habetz) and Vann (Stuedeman) did a terrific job all season long with their respective duties. It has been a team effort all year long and despite losing five starters, four of them all-Americans, everyone has played their role to perfection."
For the second straight year Charlotte Morgan was named SEC Player of the Year. The senior who nabbed the honor for the first time in school history last season, paced the conference in home runs (9), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.848) and finished second in the league in walks (30). Morgan is only the second player in SEC history to be named Player of the Year twice, joining Iyhia McMichael of Mississippi State who won the honor in 2003 and 2004. The senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., was also named first team All-SEC as a designated player.
Kelsi Dunne earned the SEC Pitcher of the Year honor for the first time in her career by leading the league in wins (13), strikeouts (144) and opponent batting average (.174). Dunne is the second player in Alabama history to win SEC Pitcher of the Year, joining former Tide great Stephanie VanBrakle, who won the honor in 2006. The junior from Port Orange, Fla., struck out at least 10 batters in seven conference games this season. Dunne was named first team All-SEC for the second straight season.
Newcomer Kayla Braud continued Alabama's dominance for the Freshman of the Year award, becoming the seventh member of the Crimson Tide and third in a row to snag the honor. Braud was named Co-Freshman of the Year, sharing the honor with Kat Dotson of Tennessee and Rachele Fico of Louisiana State. As a freshman Braud led the entire conference in runs scored (38), while ranking second in the league in batting average (.500), hits (42) and on-base percentage (.580). The freshman from Eugene, Ore., was named to both the first team All-SEC and freshman All-SEC teams.
Tide skipper Patrick Murphy was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his storied career at the Capstone. Murphy, who was also named Coach of the Year in 2006, led a team with new starters at seven different defensive positions to the school's second regular season conference title.
Junior Whitney Larsen was selected to the second team. Larsen finished the conference campaign with a .346 average, .705 slugging percentage and .458 on base percentage. She ranked third in the league and led all shortstops in runs (29), home runs (8) and RBI (28). The Vestavia Hills, Ala., native collected three or more RBI in six different league contests.
Newcomer Keima Davis was named to the All-Freshman team. The rookie took full advantage of her playing time late in the season, recording a .323 average, fielded a perfect 1.000 in centerfield and collected a hit in four of her last eight starts.
First Team All-SEC
Second Team All-SEC
Player of the Year
Pitcher of the Year
Coach of the Year
Co-Freshmen of the Year
Scholar-Athlete of the Year