Adkins and Kelly earn NFCA All-America accolades

Adkins and Kelly earn NFCA All-America accolades

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo softball senior Stephanie Adkins and freshman Kacie Kelly earned Third Team All-America honors, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Wednesday evening at the 2017 NCAA Division II Softball National Championship banquet.

Kelly, who received Second Team All-America honors from the D2 Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) earlier Wednesday, earned All-America honors from the NFCA after a stellar performance on the field for the Lions.

Kelly was named one of eight finalists for the NFCA Freshman of the Year prior to earning All-America honors. A First Team All-South Region by the NFCA and D2CCA, Kelly was named the First Team All-Sunshine State Conference (SSC) as well as both the SSC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

She played in all 52 games at second base for the Green and Gold and ended the season as the SSC leader in batting average (.440), on-base percentage (.498), runs (42), hits (80), and at-bats (182), while she was ranked inside the top 10 in slugging percentage (.533), runs batted in (35), doubles (15), and fewest strikeouts (7).

Adkins earns third team honors for the second straight season. Earlier Wednesday, Adkins was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American. She will add her second all-American honors to her season resume as she was named NFCA and D2CCA First Team All-South Region.  

Adkins concluded her career guiding the Lions to the NCAA South Region tournament with a record of 21-7. Adkins led the Sunshine State Conference in ERA (1.62), strikeouts (175) and wins (21) on her way to earning her second straight SSC Pitcher of the Year accolade. This season, Adkins tossed 182 innings of work, finished with 18 complete games and six shutouts.

Kelly and Adkins helped the Lions capture their second straight Sunshine State Conference title and post a record of 37-15, 17-7 SSC. Saint Leo hosted the NCAA South 2 Region, marking the first time in program history to host a regional.

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