Gator Softball Players Make Conference Honor Roll
15 Gator softball players won Southeastern Conference honors, the league announcing on Wednesday. Senior Stacey Nelson won SEC Pitcher of the Year for the second year in a row, while head coach Tim Walton was honored with his second Coach of the Year accolades.
Three Gators were named First-Team All-SEC while four earned second-team
honors. Nelson, sophomore second baseman Aja Pacubla and sophomore outfielder Kelsey Bruder tallied first-team honors, while sophomore pitcher Stephanie Brombacher, senior first baseman Ali Gardiner, sophomore shortstop Megan Bush and junior outfield Francesca Enea were named to the
second team. Freshman outfielders Alicia Sisco and Michelle Moultrie earned Freshman All-SEC accolades. Nelson, Gardiner, Paculba and Bruder were also named to the SEC All-Defensive team.
The Gators led the league with 15 honors. Alabama was second with 11.
Last season, seven Gators earned 14 honors.
Nelson has a record of 32-and-3 this season (19-1 record in the SEC) and a league-leading 0.41 ERA. Her 11 shutouts and 151 strikeouts against conference opponents also were first. Both of her no-hitters came against SEC opponents, as she recorded the first two of her career against Ole Miss and Arkansas. The right-hander struck out at least 10 batters six times and did not allow a walk in four conference games.
Walton led the Gators to a 26-1 conference record for their second
consecutive SEC regular-season title. UF has collected 53 conference
wins and only two losses in the past two years. The 2009 Gators led the
conference in 22 categories and have sat in the number-one spot in the
nation the last consecutive nine weeks. Florida also posted the second
undefeated conference road record in SEC history, tallying 13 wins on
the road without a loss. This is the second straight SEC Coach of the
Year award for Walton. In 2008, he led the Gators to a 27-1 conference
record, a .964 winning percentage, the best in SEC history. UF’s two
one-loss seasons are the two of the only three in conference history, as
The top-seeded Gators will take on eighth-seed Auburn in the first round
of the SEC Tournament on Thursday, May 7th at 5 p.m.
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