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Sara Nevins among 3 USF hall of fame inductees for 2019

Shantia Grace, George Selvie also will be inducted in November
Former USF left-hander Sara Nevins, a Pinellas Park alumnus, led the Bulls to the Women's College World Series in 2012. [Times files]
Former USF left-hander Sara Nevins, a Pinellas Park alumnus, led the Bulls to the Women's College World Series in 2012. [Times files]
Published May 28, 2019|Updated May 28, 2019

Former USF left-handed ace Sara Nevins, a Pinellas Park alumnus who led the Bulls softball team to its only Women's College World Series, is among the three newest inductees into the school's athletics hall of fame.

Nevins, who played from 2011-14, joins former first-team All-American defensive end George Selvie (2006-09) and three-time All-Big East women’s basketball standout Shantia Grace (2005-09) in the ’19 class.

The ’19 hall of fame induction ceremony will be held Nov. 15 at the Marshall Student Center, the night before the football team hosts Cincinnati at Raymond James Stadium. Further details on the ceremony will follow.

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USF inducted its first class in ’09, but the hall has been dormant since ’13. Shortly after arriving at USF last summer, athletic director Michael Kelly indicated his desire to resuscitate it.

Nevins becomes the second Bulls softball player to be inducted, joining East Bay High alumnus Mo Triner (Class of ’11). A three-time team MVP, she finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in several categories including wins (101), saves (20), strikeouts (1,103) and innings pitched (844.1).

A three-time All-American, Nevins was a first-team all-conference selection three times (including twice in the Big East). She totaled a program-record 336 strikeouts in ’12, leading the Bulls past Hofstra in the NCAA Super Regional for a WCWS berth.

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Selvie was a consensus first-team All-American in ’07, when he led all of Division I-A with 31.5 tackles for loss and set a program single-season mark with 14.5 sacks.

A three-time first-team All-Big East pick, he remains the program’s career leader in tackles for loss (69.5), sacks (29) and forced fumbles (nine), and is tied with Auggie Sanchez for most career games started (50). He was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round in ’10 and played six seasons in the NFL.

Grace, a three-time All-Big East pick, led USF in assists all four of her seasons and remains the school’s all-time leader in that category (610). The program’s No. 3 career scorer (1,941 points), she ranks fifth in 3-point percentage (35.6) and seventh in steals (194).

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.


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