Four SSC Players Earn Softball All-American Honors
|Tampa’s Kayla Cox|
Tampa sophomore ace Kayla Cox headlined a lineup of four SSC softball players earning All-American honors.
Cox was named a first-team selection by Daktronics. Her teammate and fellow pitcher, Deanna Henriott, was a Daktronics All-America second-team selection. Outfielders Grace Collins (Barry) and Monica Meadows (Rollins) were third-team honorees.
Cox and Henriott were also recognized on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Team. Both student-athletes were listed on the third team.
Cox becomes the first player in Tampa program history to earn first-team All-American honors, while Henriott is the first to be a two time All-American.
Cox, who fanned 214 hitters in 124 2/3 innings, went 16-2 with a 0.34 ERA as a sophomore. Henriott achieved a 21-6 record to go with a 1.13 ERA. The senior also stuck out a school-record 308 batters in 192 innings.
Collins was named to the Daktronics third-team after a .363 campaign where she scored 31 runs and stole 29 bases, leading the team in all three categories. She ranked 29th in NCAA Division II in stolen bases and 164th as the toughest to strikeout, whiffing just 10 times in 160 at-bats. She also drove in 14 runs and led the team with 11 sacrifices.
Meadows finished the season batting a team-best .419 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles, and 48 RBI, all of which were also team bests. She leaves Rollins with the career record for hits (259) and doubles (62).