Three Cougar Softball Players Named NFCA All-Americans

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    May 28, 2008

    HOUSTON - Three University of Houston softball players were named 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday. The trio of senior Angel Shamblin and juniors Laurie Wagner and Jessica Valis are the first Cougars in program history to be named All-Americans.

    Shamblin was named a Second Team selection after completing her senior season with a 36-5 record and a 0.94 ERA. Her ERA and win totals set school single season records. Shamblin was also named to the NFCA All-South Region First Team and was the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year.

    She finished her senior campaign with two perfect games and 18 shutouts. Shamblin was also a Top 10 Finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year.

    After setting the UH single season record for home runs with 19, Wagner was named a Third Team selection. She finished second on the team with a .401 batting average and paced the Cougars with 57 RBI. Also an All-South Region First Team selection, Wagner was named to the All-C-USA First Team and finished the season ranked 10th in the nation in home runs.

    Valis was the third Cougar named to the All-America list, taking Third Team honors. She paced the team with a .431 batting average and set the career triples record with 12. She recorded 5 triples on the season en route to breaking the career record, including nine doubles, 26 RBI and a team-high 20 stolen bases. She was also named to the All-South Regional Second Team and a First Team All-C-USA selection.

    Houston was one of five schools to have at least three athletes named All-Americans and one of two C-USA schools with athletes named to the list.

    UH concluded the season with a 54-11 record after falling to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regional final.

     

     

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