OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of Georgia Bulldog seniors Cortni Emanuel and Brittany Gray and junior Alyssa DiCarlo have been selected to the 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Teams, the organization announced Wednesday.
In addition to her three-time All-American status, Emanuel was named the 2018 New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award winner, presented annually to the most outstanding base stealer in the country.
Veteran Bulldogs Emanuel and Gray were named to the Second-Team, and DiCarlo secured a spot on the Third-Team. The honor marks the first for both Gray and DiCarlo.
Headed into Oklahoma City competition, Emanuel leads the nation in stolen bases (51) and checks in at second with 90 hits. The senior slap-hitter paces the Bulldogs in batting average (.457), hits, runs scored (64) and stolen bases. Emanuel’s accolades have re-written the Georgia record books; the native of Missouri City, Texas, ranks in the program’s top-five for stolen bases, hits, runs scored and at-bats.
Emanuel, who sent the Bulldogs to the Women’s College World Series with a home run in the eighth inning of the Super Regional against Tennessee, was also named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region and Southeastern Conference First-Teams. The 23rd pick of the USSSA Pride in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft was also chosen as a Top-25 finalist for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award for the second-straight season.
With a season-ending injury to her pitching arm, Gray’s leadership
DiCarlo’s offense has also fueled the Georgia squad, who finished Super Regional play with a third-place ranking in batting average (.335). The junior has knocked a team-leading 20 home runs this season, ranking sixth in the nation and cracking the Bulldogs’ single-season top-10 list at fifth. The junior places seventh all-time with 44 home runs. For the second time in her career, DiCarlo has also entered the top-10 list for single-season RBI. With 66, she is tied for fourth and has surged into sixth place in program history.
The native of Glendale, Arizona was recognized with NFCA All-Southeast Region and SEC First-Team honors this season, along with being named a top-25 finalist for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
The accolades were announced the day before the Bulldogs take the field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the Women’s College World Series. Georgia’s first matchup of the double-elimination tournament is slated for 6 p.m. CT against the Florida Gators on ESPN2.