MIAMI (May 12, 2012) - Freshman Shelby Graves has been named to the 2012 Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches and announced following the championship game on Saturday.
The honor marks the first of Graves' young career, as she becomes the sixth player and just the second freshman in FIU softball history to earn all-tournament recognition.
Graves went 5-for-8 across three SBC Championship contests this past week in Boca Raton, Fla., en route to a team-high batting average of .625, a mark which ranked second in the conference during tournament play. The freshman also notched a slugging percentage of .625, an on-base percentage of .625, one RBI and one run, to go along with one appearance in the circle for the Panthers.
In her first collegiate campaign, Graves saw action in 40 contests, securing 30 starting assignments. The Temecula, Calif., native hit .256 while registering 20 hits, including two doubles and one home run, eight runs, seven RBI and a 1-for-1 mark on the base paths. In addition, Graves (0-1) made 13 appearances in the circle for FIU, striking out 23 batters and recording an ERA of 4.77 while pitching 36.2 innings.
FIU finished the season with an overall record of 28-27.
2012 Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team
Brittany Fowler, South Alabama
Haley Hopkins, South Alabama
Jordan Wallace, Louisiana
Nerissa Myers, Louisiana
Preslie Cruce, WKU
Ashley Kirk, North Texas
Janel Salanoa, ULM
Shelby Graves, FIU
Kacie McAllister, Troy
Most Outstanding Player: Hannah Campbell, South Alabama
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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