June 8, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Alabama softball team had four players named to the Easton All-American first-team. The Crimson Tide was also one of three Division I teams that earned the Easton Team of the Year honor.
Sophomore Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.), seniors Kelsi Dunne (Port Orange, Fla.) and Whitney Larsen (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) and freshman Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) garnered the second All-American honors of their respective seasons.
Braud finished her sophomore campaign leading the Crimson Tide in five offensive categories, including: batting average (.436), on-base percentage (.517), runs (71), hits (89) and stolen bases (58). Her 58 stolen bases rank second all-time in the Alabama single season annals.
Dunne capped off her stellar career with a 29-5 record and a 1.42 ERA. The right-hander struck out 331 batters, which were the fourth most in a single season at Alabama while holding opponents to a school record, season-low .146 average. Dunne also tossed three no-hitters and posted 11 shutouts.
Larsen posted career-highs in nearly offensive category. The senior led the team with 14 home runs and 64 RBI which both rank fourth in the Alabama single-season records. Larsen also batted .351, which ranked third on the team and added 52 runs, 61 hits and team-highs in slugging percentage (.690) and doubles (13).
Traina put together one of the finest freshman campaigns in the country. The rookie batted .351 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI while adding a .687 slugging percentage and a .473 on-base mark. In the circle the hard-throwing right-hander posted a 19-5 record with a 1.70 ERA. She added 190 strikeouts in 156.1 innings, threw a no-hitter and three shutouts while collecting four saves.
Alabama finished 53-11 and closed out its 2011 campaign by making its furthest run in school history by claiming third place at the Women's College World Series. The Crimson Tide also earned its second straight Southeastern Conference regular season title.