Softball - Tue. May. 29, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. ---- Seniors Brandi Richards and Shea Driggers were each selected to the First-Team All-American squad Tuesday, as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 2012 NAIA All-American's. AUM finished the 2012 campaign with a 42-20 record, including a 4-2 mark in the NAIA Tournament, where it won Pool H in pool play.
In addition, Richards and Driggers were also selected to the First-Team All-East Region team, while sophomore Jyssica Pepper and freshman Cassie Daniels were each named to the Second-Team All-Region team. After posting a school-record 42 victories and making their first in the NAIA National Tournament, the Warhawks finished with four members of the all-region squad, a mark which was matched only by Union (Tenn.) University and Lee University.
During her final season, Richards posted a .312 batting average, with three home runs and 28 runs batted in. Selected one of four at-large members to the team, she tallied eight doubles and four triples, while stealing a career-best nine bases. She recorded 13 multiple-hit games and a team-leading nine multiple-RBI games. In the circle, she posted a 16-10 record with a 1.17 earned run average. The Covington, Ga., struck out 250 hitters in 174 innings, while limiting opponents to only a .157 batting average.
Driggers, the first-team designated player, enjoyed her best season at AUM, as she led the team in runs batted in with 30, while tying for the team lead with five home runs. She also finished second on the team in hitting at a clip of .317. The Leeds, Ala., native added eight doubles and tallied multiple hits in 10 games.
In her second season with the Warhawks, Pepper scored a school-record 46 runs, eclipsing the previous record of 37 she set last season. The Madison, Ala., native hit a team-leading .323, tied for the team high with five home runs and added 20 runs batted in. Pepper finished with a team-high 11 doubles and shared the lead in triples with four. She also stole a team-best 14 bases and matched a team high by walking 23 times.
Following a standout prep career, Daniels made the most of her opportunity at the college level, tossing 150 1/3 innings as a true freshman. The Valley Grande, Ala., native posted a 13-7 record and a 1.77 ERA, while striking out 161 on the season. She tossed 15 complete games, including three shutouts, in her 22 starts.