Gators shortstop Cheyenne Coyle named to USA Softball Junior Women's National Team
Sophomore shortstop Cheyenne Coyle has been named to the 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today.
Coyle, who was one of four Florida players who participated in the USA Softball Women's National Team selection camp in June, will replace Shelby Pendley, who underwent surgery on her knee after sustaining an injury in a recent USA Softball game. Coyle will now join the squad as it prepares for the International Softball Federation (ISF) IX Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), which will be played Dec. 6-17 in Cape Town, South Africa.
"Representing the USA has always been a dream of mine from a very young age," Coyle said. "I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to represent my country on and off the field. I look forward to being able to compete with and against some of the best young softball players from all over the world."
As a freshman last season, Coyle helped UF to a 56-13 overall record en route to the Gators' fourth consecutive Women's College World Series appearance. Coyle started in all 69 games at shortstop, earning Freshman All-SEC accolades. She was named to the 2011 WCWS All-Tournament Team, tying for the most RBI (8) at the WCWS. Coyle led all SEC freshmen in runs scored, slugging percentage, RBI, home runs and fielded double plays in league play, committing just three errors in UF's last 32 games of the season.
"I'm very proud of Cheyenne and this opportunity for her to represent the USA and the Gators as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team," Florida head coach Tim Walton said. "Cheyenne had a tremendous freshman year and this opportunity will not only better her on the field, but off the field as well."