Easton Tabs Alabama Team of the Year; Four Earn All-America Honors
(UA)TUSCALOOSA â€“ Postseason awards continued to roll in for the University of Alabama softball team on Wednesday as the Crimson Tide were named a 2008 Easton School of the Year and had four players earn first-team All-America honors.
The Tide was one of five Easton Schools of the Year on various levels of collegiate softball. UA had a school-record four players – Brittany Rogers, Kelley Montalvo, Charlotte Morgan and Kelsi Dunne â€“ garner first-team Easton All-America honors.
â€œWhat an honor for our program to be chosen as one of the Easton Schools of the Year,â€ Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. Brittany (Roger), Charlotte (Morgan), Kelley (Montalvo) and Kelsi (Dunne) all had amazing seasons and were very deserving of their All-America honors. We have a fantastic partnership with Easton and want to thank them for all they do to help our program.â€
Rogers, now a three-time Easton All-American, garnered first-team honors for the second straight year after being selected to the second team as a freshman in 2006. The Dacula, Ga., native led the country in stolen bases (60) and runs scored (79) while hitting .452 from her leadoff spot with a .502 on-base percentage. Rogers finished the year with a 19-game hitting streak.
Morgan, the Moreno Valley, Calif., native was also a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year with a .417 batting average, 19 doubles, 19 home runs and 79 RBI at the plate while boasting an 18-2 record in the circle with a 1.27 ERA. Morganâ€™s 79 RBI set the SEC single-season record.
Montalvo, a Miami, Fla., native finished .373 with 10 home runs, 15 doubles and 54 RBI while posting a .511 on-base percentage and a .663 slugging mark. She turned in an amazing season at the hot corner with a .983 fielding percentage, making just three errors in 66 games.
Dunne, a freshman from Port Orange, Fla., has compiled a 26-6 record in her rookie campaign with a 1.44 ERA and 275 strikeouts. Her 275 strikeouts rank as the fifth-highest total in school history while her 26 wins are an Alabama freshman record.
Josh Rutledge Named Freshman All-American
(UA)TUSCALOOSA â€“ University of Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge was named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, the long-time college baseball publication announced Wednesday afternoon.
Rutledge started 61 games for the Crimson Tide and led the team with a .369 (99 for 268) average with 11 extra base hits, 32 RBI and a team-best 62 runs scored.Â He is the second freshman in school history to lead the team in hitting, joining David Magadan, who hit a UA rookie record .389 in 1981.Â The 99 hits are the most in a season by an Alabama freshman and the 10th most in school history.
â€œThis is a well-deserved honor for Josh Rutledge,â€ Alabama head coach Jim Wells said.Â â€œJosh is an excellent player and he had a great year for us this season.Â He is a really a good hitter.â€