JACKSON, Tenn. - 6/10/2005 - Danielle Pope of Phoenix, Arizona and Holly Haycraft of Dyersburg, Tennessee continue to rack up post season softball honors. Pope was named a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Haycraft was a second team selection. These honors come on the heels of both players being named NAIA First Team all-Americans.
Pope, a 6-foot-0 first baseman from Phoenix, Arizona, received this honor following her NAIA All-American, NAIA Region XI Player of the Year award, and her first team All-Region and All-Conference selections. This season, Pope set a new record for homeruns in a season at Union with 14. She led Union with a .423 average, 80 hits, 14 homeruns, 64 RBI, a .714 slugging percentage, and a .477 on-base percentage. Pope also posted 13 doubles and 22 walks on the season, both good for second on the team.
Haycraft, a 5-foot-6 outfielder from Dyersburg, Tennessee adds this All-American honor to her NAIA first team All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference selections. Haycraft also was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. On the season, she hit .379 and had 55 bases in 59 attempts on the season. She is Union’s career stolen base leader with 140 through her first three seasons. Haycraft broke the old record of 63 career steals early in her sophomore season. This season’s 55 stolen bases is her career high and a new team record for stolen bases in a season.
Union finished the 2005 season with a 45-16 record. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to their fifth NAIA Softball National Championship in the past six seasons and also won their fourth NAIA Region XI Tournament Title in five seasons.
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