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Two Gators named to Player of Year Watch List



Nelsonwaleszonia_2 Junior All-Americans Stacey Nelson and Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) have been named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, two of 50 players named by the Amateur Softball Association.

Nelson led the Gator pitching staff with a 0.95 ERA in 2007, earning her second team NFCA/Louisville Slugger and first team Easton All-America honors. She was also named second-team All-SEC. Nelson set or tied school single season records in nine different categories, including wins (34), strikeouts (285) and complete games (37). In addition to her pitching talents, Nelson also fields her position well and is the only pitcher in school history to rank in Florida's career top 20 list for fielding percentage.

Waleszonia, who plays both right field and second base, is a third team NFCA/Louisville Slugger and second team Easton All-America selection who led the team in six different categories in 2007. She set school records for season hits (88), triples (5) and stolen bases (24). She is the Florida record holder for career batting average (.338).

Nelson and Waleszonia are just two of 10 SEC players named to the list, and Florida is one of 12 schools to have multiple players named to the list.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:23pm]


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