Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Boise State's Tara Glover Named Third Team All-America

Boise State center fielder Tara Glover became the first Bronco softball player to earn All-America status, as Tara was named third-team All-America by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Glover let the nation in hits (88) and hits per game (1.63) during the regular season and batted .476 to rank third in the NCAA.  Yeah, makes sense why she's third team and not first team, huh?  In addition, she had 29 multi-hit games, reached base safely in an amazing 52 of 54 games, and set school records for batting average, hits, runs (54), doubles (14), triples (four) and steals (18), while also leading the team in on-base percentage (.510) and slugging percentage (.708).

"Tara was very deserving of this honor," said Boise State Head Coach Erin Thorpe.  "She was the spark plug for our offense all season long and her competitive drive and overall athleticism were invaluable to us in so many ways."

"It's very exciting and definitely a pleasant surprise," Glover said. "I really want to thank all of the coaches at Boise State, my travel ball coaches and high school coaches, too, for helping to get me here. My parents and brothers have also always been there, pushing me and getting me through some of the times I didn't necessarily want to be on a softball field."

Glover was named NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team and Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year.  Glover broke the all-time conference record for batting average.  Tara's .622 batting average and .638 on-base percentage rank second all-time for conference games.  Glover's 1.067 slugging percentage in conference is third-best in Mountain West Conference history.

 "Tara had one of those seasons where you always knew she was going to come through for the team," Thorpe said. "I am so excited to watch her continue to develop over the next couple of years because I still believe she is coming into her own as a player."

"A lot of credit goes to my teammates for keeping me going," Glover added. "This is a great sign of what we can accomplish as a team and having this on our résumé can keep us working hard and help propel us to even greater things next year."

Here is the complete All-America team:

2012 NFCA Division I All-Americans
First Team
Pos. Name School
PJolene HendersonUniversity of California, Berkeley
PEllen RenfroeUniversity of Tennessee
PKeilani RickettsUniversity of Oklahoma
CJessica ShultsUniversity of Oklahoma
1BLauren ChamberlainUniversity of Oklahoma
2BLauren GibsonUniversity of Tennessee
3BStephany LaRosaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
SSKatelyn BoydArizona State University
OFAlix JohnsonArizona State University
OFMichelle MoultrieUniversity of Florida
OFChristi OrgeronUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
UT/PValerie AriotoUniversity of California, Berkeley
UT/Non-P or DPCamilla CarreraUniversity of Texas at El Paso
At-Large/PRachele FicoLouisiana State University
At-Large/POlivia GalatiHofstra University
At-Large/PChelsea ThomasUniversity of Missouri
At-Large/UT-PJackie TrainaUniversity of Alabama
At-Large/OFDelaney WillardBrigham Young University
 Second Team
Pos. Name School
PSara NevinsUniversity of South Florida
PStephanie RickettsUniversity of Hawai‘i
PHannah RogersUniversity of Florida
CAmy BuntinUniversity of Notre Dame
1BAndrea HarrisonUniversity of California, Los Angeles
2BLexy BennettUniversity of Texas
3BRaven ChavanneUniversity of Tennessee
SSKaila HuntUniversity of Alabama
OFAshley FlemingUniversity of Missouri
OFJamia ReidUniversity of California, Berkeley
OFKatie SchroederUniversity of California, Los Angeles
UT/PKaitlin InglesbyUniversity of Washington
UT/Non-P or DPAmanda LockeUniversity of Alabama
At-Large/SSSam FischerLoyola Marymount University
At-Large/OFSamantha PappasUniversity of Oregon
At-Large/CKristyn SandbergUniversity of Georgia
At-Large/SSMadison ShipmanUniversity of Tennessee
At-Large/UT-PKirstin VerdunDePaul University
Third Team
Pos. Name School
PErin ArevaloUniversity of Georgia
PJenna CairaSyracuse University
PJessica MooreUniversity of Oregon
CHaley OutonUniversity of Houston
1BNikki ArmagostUniversity of the Pacific
2BJenna RichStanford University
3BMarisa BastNorthwestern University
SSNerissa MyersUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
OFJennifer FentonUniversity of Alabama
OFTara GloverBoise State University
OFKatie SmithUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
UT/PMel DumezichTexas A&M University
UT/Non-P or DPSamantha CamusoUniversity of California, Los Angeles
At-Large/SSNichole BeallRadford University
At-Large/PTori CollinsUniversity of Louisville
At-Large/UT-NP-DPTaner FowlerUniversity of Louisville
At-Large/CJessica GarciaUniversity of New Mexico
At-Large/SSHayley MilesSan Diego State University