Hugo and Wilkinson Named NFCA All-Americans
May 28, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named Alex Hugo and Chelsea Wilkinson All-Americans, it was announced today, May 28. Hugo was selected to the first team as a second baseman, while Wilkinson earned a spot on the second team as an at-large pitcher. It is the first All-American honor for either player. Hugo’s first team selection marks the first time since 2009 that a Bulldog has been named a First Team All-American.
Hugo, a First Team All-Southeastern Conference and SEC All-Tournament selection was the Georgia's offensive leader in nearly every category. She led the team, SEC and nation in home runs with 25, which set Georgia's single-season program record and tied the SEC single-season record. She finished the season with a .341 batting average that included 57 hits. She finished with nine doubles and a triple, along with her 25 home runs. The Olathe, Kan., native finished second on the team with 47 walks and led the team with an .856 slugging percentage, the highest of any Bulldog since 2009. Hugo carried an on-base percentage of .486, which was the second 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 also hit two grand slams this season, both against SEC teams.
Wilkinson, a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week, a First Team All-SEC selection, SEC Tournament Team member and the SEC Tournament MVP, earned the honor after posting a 33-10 record this season. She led the team and the SEC with 299 strikeouts, the second most strikeouts in a season in Georgia history. She was also just the fourth player to amass 200 strikeouts in a season and just the second to do so as a sophomore. Her 2.10 ERA ranks first on the team and ninth 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 marked 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 and Wilkinson led the Bulldogs to a 49-15 record, the first SEC Tournament Title in Georgia history, a NCAA Regional Title and an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional. It was Georgia’s 13th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the sixth Super Regional appearance in seven years.