Stephens earns NFCA All-America honors for second time

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Senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens is the fifth player in Texas softball history to earn NFCA All-America honors more than once (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
Senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens is the fifth player in Texas softball history to earn NFCA All-America honors more than once (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — After one of the most dominant seasons in the history of the University of Texas softball program, senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens has earned second-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The honor is the second of Stephens’ career, after earning third-team recognition two years ago. She becomes the fifth UT softball player to be honored more than once, joining former Longhorns Blaire Luna (2010, 2011, 2013), Cat Osterman (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), Christa Williams (1998, 1999) and Nikki Cockrell (1998, 1999).

A finalist for the 2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award, Stephens led the Longhorns in batting average (.407), runs scored (55), hits (68), doubles (program single-season record 20), triples (tied with three), HR’s (15), RBIs (46), total bases (139), slugging percentage (.832), walks (31), on-base percentage (.500) and stolen bases (17) en route to 38 victories and a 12th consecutive bid in the NCAA Regional.

Stephens ended her UT career as the school’s all-time career leader in slugging percentage (.731) while ranking second in both career home runs (47) and runs batted in (166), third in on-base percentage (.445), fourth in batting average (.363), tied for fifth in doubles (40), sixth in runs scored (155) and 10th in hits (204).

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