Oklahoma's Chamberlain, Florida's Haeger lead All-Americans
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Lauren Chamberlain's team didn't reach the Women's College World Series. Oklahoma's star still has much to show for her final season.
The first baseman broke the Division I record for career homers this year, a mark that had stood since 2002, and finished with 95. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's first-team All-America softball squad on Wednesday for the third time.
She said she is finally starting to be able to put the home-run record into perspective.
''It still kind of hits me in waves that it happened, but it's just a testament to the type of players that I've been surrounded by for four years that have allowed me to get those at-bats to get those home runs,'' she said.
Chamberlain finished her career with a .960 slugging percentage, the best in NCAA history. This season, she hit .399 with 23 home runs, 72 runs, 65 RBIs and 62 walks.
Florida utility player Lauren Haeger is a first-team choice who also has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She enters the Women's College World Series with a 28-1 record and a 1.24 ERA. She also hit .329 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs. She is the first player in NCAA history to win 60 games on the mound and hit 60 career home runs.
First team pitchers are Oregon's Cheridan Hawkins, Western Kentucky's Miranda Kramer and Central Florida's Shelby Turner.
Louisiana-Lafayette's Lexie Elkins is the catcher. Auburn had a pair of first-teamers: second baseman Emily Carosone and third baseman Kasey Cooper. The shortstop is LSU's Bianca Bell. Outfielders are Alabama's Haylie McCleney, UCLA's Allexis Bennett and Michigan's Kelly Christner.
At-large picks were Michigan's Sierra Romero, Florida's Kelsey Stewart, UCLA's Ally Carda, Oklahoma's Shelby Pendley and South Carolina's Alaynie Page.
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