May 15, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Georgia softball team was well represented on the NFCA All-Southeast Region Team, as seven Bulldogs were honored on one of the three teams. Chelsea Wilkinson (pitcher), Alex Hugo (second base) and Tina Iosefa (DP/Utility - Non pitcher) were named to the NFCA All-Region First Team, Geri Ann Glasco (Utility/Pitcher) earned second team honors, while Paige Wilson (shortstop), Samantha LaZear (outfield) and Anna Swafford (outfield) were each named to the third team.
The seven all-region selections were the most in program history and the most by any Southeastern Conference team this season.
Wilkinson, a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week, a First Team All-SEC selection and the SEC Tournament MVP, earned the honor after posting a 29-7 record this season. She leads the team with 257 strikeouts, becoming the fourth player to amass 200 strikeouts in a season and just the second to do so as a sophomore. Her 2.04 ERA ranks first on the team and sixth in the SEC. She ranks near the top of the SEC in nearly every pitching category. Wilkinson's two NFCA National Player of the Week honors marks the first time that a Bulldog has ever earned the accolades twice in a season. It is the just the second time in program history that a Bulldog pitcher her been named a national player of the week twice in a career.
Hugo, a First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament selection was the Georgia's offensive leader in nearly every category. She leads the team, SEC and nation in home runs with 23, just one home run shy of Georgia's single-season program record and two shy of the SEC single-season record. She is hitting .349 on the year with 53 hits and a team best 52 runs. She also is second on the team with nine doubles and second on the team with 39 walks. Her slugging percentage of .862 ranks at the top of the Georgia stats. Hugo carries an on-base percentage of .485, which is also the best on the team. She was named the SEC Player of the Week once this season and was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week once as well. Hugo has hit two grand slams this season, both against SEC teams.
Iosefa was named to the NFCA All-Region First Team as a designated player/non pitcher after finishing the regular season ranked third on the team with a .351 batting average. She posted 39 hits including six doubles, two triples and eight home runs. Of her eight homers, six came against SEC opponents. In addition to her power numbers, the Los Angeles, California native showed patience at the place, posting 20 walks. She was also hit by a pitch five times, putting her on-base percentage at .460.
Glasco was the lone second team selection for the Bulldogs, earning the honor as an utility/pitcher. Glasco owns a 16-5 record in the circle for the Bulldogs and a 2.55 ERA. She has appeared in 27 games, 26 of them starts. She has struck out 106 batters, marking the second year in a row that she has recorded over 100 strikeouts. In addition to her presence in the circle, Glasco made her presence known at the plate. Glasco is hitting a shade under .300 at .298 and boasts eight home runs and four doubles. She also leads the team and is second in the SEC with 49 walks and boasts an on-base percentage of .473. The Watkinsville, Georgia native saved some of her best hitting at the SEC Tournament, as she went .500 and hit a home run that earned her a spot on the all-tournament team.
Wilson earned a spot on the NFCA All-Region Third Team as a shortstop after pitching up First Team All-SEC honors and SEC All-Tournament honors. The Chicago, Illinois, native has started every game for the Bulldogs this season and owns a .378 batting average, which leads on the team. She leads the team with 73 hits, including a team-best 14 doubles and four triples. She is also one of three Georgia players with double-digit home runs this season with 10. Her 45 RBI ranks second on the team. Wilson ranks near the top of the SEC in several categories including batting average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, doubles, triples and total bases. In SEC play, she hit .383 with five home runs, two doubles, a triple, 21 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Georgia had two outfielders make the NFCA All-Region Third Team in LaZear and Swafford. LaZear finished the regular-season second on the team with a .357 batting average. She owns 45 hits, including a pair of doubles and an on-base percentage of .382. She has also scored 31 runs for the Bulldogs this season and is second on the team with eight stolen bases. The Comer, Georgia native has also been outstanding in the field, as she has no committed an error this season, making her the only everyday position player to have a perfect fielding percentage.
Swafford owns a batting average of .327 and is one of three Georgia players with double-digit home runs with 10. Of her 10 home runs, six of them came against SEC pitching. Swafford has 48 hits on the year, including eight doubles, two triples and 10 home runs. She has driven in 23 RBI and scored 47 runs for the Bulldogs this season. In addition to her hitting, Swafford set Georgia's single season record for hit by pitches with 22. Coupled with her 24 walks this season, Swafford is tied with Hugo for a team-best .485 on-base percentage.