May 23, 2013
TOWSON, Md.– Alabama senior outfielder Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) and junior infielder Kaila Hunt (Evans, Ga.) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Softball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.
Braud was named to the first team for the third time in her career, becoming the first member of the Crimson Tide to ever earn first team honors all three seasons of eligibility for the award. Former Alabama All-American Charlotte Morgan was the only other Tide softball student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors all three years.
Braud graduated earlier this month with a degree in public relations, posting a 3.78 GPA. The fleet-footed outfielder is putting the finishing touches on an illustrious career at the Capstone as she enters the Knoxville Super Regional ranking third in the nation with a .476 average. The Eugene, Ore., native adds 64 runs, 88 hits and 38 stolen bases.
Hunt, who was named to the second team, sports a 3.84 GPA in secondary education with an emphasis on mathematics. The power-hitting second baseman is batting .378 with team-best 15 home runs and 60 RBI. She also leads the team with a .720 slugging percentage and 34 walks. The Evans, Ga., native enters the Super Regional round ranked fifth all-time at Alabama with 46 career home runs and seventh with 173 RBI.
Alabama will open the best-of-three Super Regional on Friday, May 24, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, at Sherri Lee Parker Stadium. The series opener will air on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza calling the action. Game two is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, and will air on ESPN while the if necessary game will be shown on ESPN2 and start at 8 p.m. ET.