May 29, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Alabama softball team had four players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American team, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Senior Kayla Braud, juniors Kaila Hunt and Jackie Traina and freshman Haylie McCleney earned the honors for the Crimson Tide.
Braud (Eugene, Ore.) was named to the first team, earning All-American accolades for the third time in her storied career. The senior capped off her time at the Capstone in impressive fashion, ranking third in the country with a .471 average, adding 90 hits, 65 runs and 38 stolen bases. Braud finished her career with a .438 average in her four years, breaking the Alabama career record held by Kelly Kretschman.
Hunt (Evans, Ga.) earns All-American honors for the second straight season as she was named to the second team. Hunt led the team with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and added a .372 average and a .698 slugging percentage. She also scored 50 runs and walked a team-high 34 times to sport a .471 on base percentage.
In her first season in the collegiate ranks, McCleney (Morris, Ala.) garnered All-American accolades, being tabbed to the second team. The rookie led the team with 68 runs, 120 total bases and a .538 on base percentage. She added a .465 average, 86 hits, a team-high 14 doubles while recording four home runs and 41 RBI.
Traina (Naples, Fla.) was named to the third team, earning All-American honors for the second straight season. The right-hander posted a 19-8 record with a 2.49 ERA. She struck out 214 in 199 2/3 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .217 average. She also hit .333 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI while leading the team with a .701 slugging percentage.
The four All-American selections ties for the most in school history and marks the third consecutive season that the Tide has had four honorees.