Curtain call: Nevins again makes national team
The amateur softball career of USF left-hander Sara Nevins is ending in a blaze of Old Glory.
For the second consecutive season, Nevins, whose sparkling college career ended last month, has been chosen for the USA Softball Women's National Team. The 17-player roster, coached by USF's Ken Eriksen, will compete in a number of events highlighted by the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Haarlam, Netherlands in mid-August.
In all, the team will compete in four countries this summer.
"This group of 24 athletes that tried out is one of the rarest groups I've been around in a long time,” Eriksen told teamusa.org.
"Their college coaches, parents and teammates need to understand the greatness that is within each and every one of them. As always, it's a very tough decision to narrow the group to 17 but I’m very excited about the potential this team has."
Nevins, the only American Athletic Conference player chosen for the team, ended her college career as USF's only three-time All-American. She exited as the program's all-time leader in victories (101), strikeouts (1,103), starts (109), appearances (190), saves (eight) and opponent batting average (.170).
In the 2013 World Cup, where the U.S. won a silver medal, she fanned 14 in 12.1 innings.