Louisville, KY -- The Blazers are in pursuit of ultimate team success this week, but en route a few individual Blazers have earned the nation’s highest individual honor in NCAA Division II softball. Alanna Hadley, Courtney Albritton, Morgan Johnson and April Hutchens were all named to All-America teams.
Hadley and Albritton both made the 2012 Daktronics All-America Softball First Team while Hutchens was recognized as an honorable mention on the team. Hadley was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-America First Team while Albritton was named to the second team. Joining them was Johnson on the NFCA All-America Third Team.
All four Blazers have been integral parts of the team this season, and this marks the first All-America award for every Blazer named to the list.
Hadley is 29-4 on the season with an 0.96 earned run average that ranked third in the nation coming into the NCAA Division II Softball National Tournament. She’s been the ace for VSU in her only season in the Blazers' pitcher's circle and was named the GSC Pitcher of the Year after having earned the GSC Pitcher of the Week award five times this season. She has 12 solo shutouts on the season with 29 complete games and 219.0 innings pitched. To date, she has struck out 155 batters and allows opponents just a .176 batting average.
Albritton is the first freshman to earn the All-America nod since Marti Littlefield. Her and Johnson have been the two most potent offensive threats for Valdosta State this season with Johnson knocking a two-run homer in VSU’s opening game of the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.
Albritton took VSU and the entire Gulf South Conference by storm in just her freshman season. She was named the GSC's Freshman and Player of the Year while leading the conference in most categories. She is first on the VSU squad in runs scored (68), hits (91), doubles (19), triples (3), home runs (15), RBI (58), slugging percentage (.752) and stolen bases (13-13).
The duo of Johnson and Albritton have flip flopped throughout the season for the team's highest batting average. Currently it's Johnson with a .436 batting average and a team high .507 on-base percentage. Johnson has knocked 46 RBI, 10 home runs, two triples, 18 doubles and 79 hits. She's scored 52 runs and is slugging .724.
Hutchens, meanwhile, has been considered one of the best defensive players in the region and maybe the nation all of her three previous seasons at VSU, but this year she has put together her best offensive output to date. She is batting .312 on the year, her highest of her career. She has scored 35 runs on 48 hits this season with 10 doubles and a home run. So far this year Hutchens has knocked 25 RBI.