NFCA Unveils All-America Teams; 54 Players HonoredNews
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its 2022 Division I All-America teams on Wednesday, and 54 players from 34 programs were honored among the three squads.
Oklahoma and Arkansas led the way with five players from each program. All five OU players made the first team while Arkansas had four on the first team. UCLA had three players honored, and 10 more programs featured two players on the teams.
Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo, a unanimous first-team selection, is one of three players this season to be named a four-time NFCA All-American, including three first-team selections. Joining Alo as four-time All-Americans are Janae Jefferson of Texas and Washington’s Gabbie Plain, who were both second-team honorees.
Alo, Mississippi State catcher Mia Davidson, OU second baseman Tiare Jennings and Washington shortstop Baylee Klingler were unanimous first-team selections.
Along with Alo, Jefferson and Plain, there are 22 returning All-Americans across the three teams, including three-time honorees USF pitcher Georgina Corrick (first team), third baseman Sydney Sherrill (second team) of Florida State, Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts (second team at-large) and Miranda Elish, utility/pitcher from Oklahoma State (second team).
Conference USA Player of the Year Bailey Vannoy of Charlotte and Miami University third baseman Karli Spaid, third in the NCAA with 28 home runs, are their program’s first-ever All-Americans. Vannoy was voted to the second team and Spaid to the third team
Accompanying her All-America selection, Davidson was named the 2022 Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year. USF outfielder Alexis Johns earned the 2022 New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award as Division I’s top base stealer. Johns leads the NCAA with 59 steals in 61 attempts.
The NFCA All-America teams are voted on by the Association’s All-America Committees. In Division I, the committee is comprised of one selected member head coach from each of the NFCA’s 10 regions. All student-athletes who were nominated by a member head coach and voted to the first-, second or third-team All-Region teams were eligible for All-America consideration.
The full list of NFCA All-Americans can be found here.