Saint Leo, Fla. (May 13, 2008) – Saint Leo University softball pitcher Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) added another award to her post-season resume, as she was named 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Second Team All-America, it was announced Tuesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Urbanik, who was named the 2008 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and to the NFCA and Daktronics First Team All-South Region Teams last week, led the Lions to a 37-15 overall record, including two straight wins in the winner’s bracket at the 2008 NCAA South Region Softball Tournament.
She concluded the season with a 27-10 record in the circle, a 1.04 ERA, striking out 259, throwing 31 complete games, 14 shutouts and five no-hitters. At the plate, she batted .306 with 44 RBI, nine doubles and tied for the team lead in home runs with 14 while slugging .625
Urbanik ranked in the top 100 nationally in seven different categories, including 15th in home runs per game, 13th in earned run average, 38th in strikeouts per seven-innings and 14th in total victories.
Urbanik joined an elite level of company, becoming the fourth different Lion in program history to receive All-American honors. Katie Heintz was named to the Third Team in 2005 and the Second Team in 2006. Denyve Duncan was also named to the Second Team twice in her career, (2001 and 2003). Desiree Croteau was also named NFCA All-America in 2000.
Barry and Alabama-Huntsville led all schools with four total selections apiece.