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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the 2016 NFCA Division I Softball All-America Teams announced on Wednesday, including first-team selection Kristen Brown of North Carolina and three Florida State players that will take the field in the upcoming Women’s College World Series.
Brown, a senior shortstop, was the lone ACC player to earn first-team honors, while Florida State junior first baseman Alex Powers is a second-team selection. Seminoles redshirt junior pitcher Jessica Burroughs and sophomore third baseman Jessica Warren were named to the third team, along with Notre Dame outfielder Karley Wester.
The ACC’s all-time career home runs leader with 66, Brown went deep 19 times this season while batting .388 and driving in 58 runs to lead UNC back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons. Brown ranks second in the ACC in slugging percentage (.794) and on-base percentage (.521). The Levittown, New York, native was the 24th overall pick in this spring’s National Pro Fastpitch college draft and last week signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits. Brown was also named to the 2016 USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.
The 2016 ACC Player of the Year, Florida State’s Powers is batting .383 and is fourth among ACC players in RBIs with 59. She has hit 14 home runs and ranks third among conference players in hits with 70, fourth in total bases with 126 and ninth in stolen bases with 17.
Warren ranks second behind Brown among ACC home run hitters with 18, and she leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation in RBI with 74. A .383 hitter who boasts a slugging percentage of .760, Warren ranks second in the ACC in runs scored (67) and fourth in runs scored (also 67). She has also reached base via hit-by-pitch a league-high 21 times. Warren earned MVP honors while leading FSU to the title at this year’s ACC Softball Championship.
Burroughs, the ACC Pitcher of the Year, enters the Women’s College World Series with 27-5 record and an ERA of 1.93 in 37 appearances (30 starts). The right-hander from Warner Robins, Georgia, ranks second among ACC pitchers with 227 strikeouts in 184.2 innings, and her 27 wins also ranks second in the league. Opposing hitters are batting just .170 when facing Burroughs.
Notre Dame’s Wester leads the ACC in batting with a .446 average, as well as runs scored (68) and hits 91. The Notre Dame junior also ranked second in the conference in stolen bases with 46 while leading the Fighting Irish to a 43-13 record and an NCAA Regional appearance.