Three-peat: Nevins again named All-American
Ten days after throwing her final fastball at USF, Sara Nevins watched her legacy receive another dab of luster Wednesday.
The Pinellas Park High alumnus was named an NFCA All-American for the third consecutive year -- an unprecedented honor for a Bulls player. The American Athletic Conference's leader in wins (29), ERA (1.35), strikeouts (299) and opposing batting average (.144), Nevins was a third-team pick for the second season in a row.
She earned second-team honors as a sophomore, when she led USF to its only Women's College World Series berth. The entire 2014 All-America list can be found here.
“It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top players in the country and it feels pretty cool to be the first softball player to be a three-time All-American at USF," Nevins said in a statement released by the school.
"I really couldn't have done it without the help of my teammates, coaches and support staff."
This past spring, Nevins broke pitching coach Mo Triner's school record for career wins, finishing with 103. She also became only the fifth active pitcher to notch 1,000 career strikeouts, ending with 1,103. She tossed four no-hitters this season alone en route to being named conference pitcher of the year.
“Being named in any sport to an NCAA All-American team is special,” Coach Ken Eriksen said in the USF news release. “Two times is definitely a 'wow,' and three times tells you that this young lady is one of the best to play any sport at USF.”