KANSAS CITY, Mo. ----- For the fourth time in her highly-decorated career, Auburn University at Montgomery senior Brandi Richards has earned All-American honors from the NAIA, while Shea Driggers earned the prestigious honor for the first time during her career, when the national office announced its 2012 All-Americans Tuesday.
Richards, a native of Covington, Ga., garnered First-Team honors, while Driggers, who is from Leeds, Ala., captured Second-Team accolades. Previously, Richards was selected an honorable mention All-American as a freshman, a First-Team selection as a sophomore and Second-Team honoree last year.
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. She 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. She added eight doubles and tallied multiple hits in 10 games.
AUM finished the season with a 42-20, a school record for victories, while making itsfirst appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. The Warhawks finished the tournament 4-2 and won Pool H in pool play.