June 11, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 2012 national champion Alabama softball team had four players named to Easton All-American teams, the organization announced Monday. The Crimson Tide was also one of three teams that earned the Easton Team of the Year Award.
Senior Amanda Locke (Mesquite, Texas.), sophomore Kaila Hunt (Evans, Ga.), and sophomore Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) were named to the Easton All-American first team, while senior Jennifer Fenton (Kennesaw, Ga.) was named to the second team. The All-American honors were the second of the postseason for all four players.
Locke had career highs in nearly every offensive category. She was second on the team in home runs (18), runs batted in (56), and slugging percentage (.703). The senior also batted .315 and had 52 hits on the year. She finished her career at the Capstone third in school history with 54 home runs.
Hunt put together one of the finest slugging campaigns in school history this season. The sophomore shortstop led the team with 21 home runs and 77 RBI, which placed her second in single-season history at Alabama in both categories. Hunt also hit .312 and had 58 hits while leading UA with a .715 slugging percentage.
Traina had one of the finest seasons in school history in the circle this year. The right-hander set school records in the 2012 campaign in wins (42) and strikeouts (361) while posting a 1.87 ERA en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the Women's College World Series on the heels of being named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Fenton set numerous career highs this season, as she led Alabama with a .386 batting average and 44 stolen bases. The senior also led the team with 14 doubles and three triples, and set a national record in March when she stole her 74th consecutive base without being caught. Her 133 career steals put her third in school history.
Alabama finished the year 60-8 and won the first national championship in program history. The Crimson Tide became the first SEC school to win a national title in softball. Alabama also won its third straight SEC regular season title, in addition to winning its fifth SEC Tournament title.