Fall 2011 Issue

Sports News

Grace Collins earns 2 softball All-America awards

Barry University women's softball right fielder Grace Collins picked up two All-America awards, including a first-team selection by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association and third-team by Daktronics, Inc. Utility pitcher Brianna Smith was also a second-team selection by the NFCA, while first baseman Jessica Tabor was named Daktronics honorable mention.

Collins, who led the Sunshine State Conference in hitting at .433, set a Barry record with a 19-game hitting streak from Feb. 25 to March 20. She led the team in runs scored (42), stolen bases (23) and sacrifices (10), while driving in 20 runs.

Smith was 16-9 on the season with a 1.43 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 171.2 innings. She tossed her third career no-hitter on Feb. 28 against Mercyhurst. In addition to her pitching, Smith hit .323 on the season while scoring 18 runs. Smith was selected for the second straight season as utility pitcher.

First baseman Tabor hit .401 with team-highs in homers (6), doubles (17) and RBI (44). She also had hitting streaks of 10 and 14 games sandwiched around a two walk game from Feb. 28 to April 10, giving her a 25-game streak of reaching base.

The sports information directors' team is sponsored by Daktronics Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the members of the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2-SIDA). The NFCA team is voted on by a panel of Division II softball coaches and sponsored by Louisville Slugger brand bats made by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co.