canada africa partner reservation Arkansas softball yields 5 all-second selections

Arkansas softball yields 5 all-second selections

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AUBURN, Ala. – Leading the way with three First-Team selections, the No. 13 Arkansas softball team collected five All-Southeastern Conference selections, which were voted on by the coaches.

For the first time in their careers, junior first baseman Bri Ellis, sophomore center fielder Reagan Johnson and fifth-year senior RHP Morgan Leinstock were classified as First-Team All-SEC. Senior second baseman Cylie Halvorson was named Second-Team All-SEC for the second year in a row.

Senior third baseman Hannah Gammill earned the honor in 2022 and again in 2024 and was selected to the SEC’s All-Defensive Team along with Bri Ellis. They are the first Razorback duo to be named to the SEC All-Defensive Team in the same year since Gammill (third base) and Danielle Gibson (first base) were named to the 2022 SEC All-Defensive Team. In addition, the three First-Team honors at Arkansas the most since the program record six First-Team All-SEC selections in 2022.

Bri Ellis dominated the SEC in her first year as a Razorback, leading the team with an OPS of 1.124, runs scored (36), home runs (14), RBI (47), total bases (95) and slugging percentage (.679). ). Ellis brings a .329/.679/.446 slash line into Friday’s SEC Tournament quarterfinal against Missouri. The Houston native also leads the team in two-out RBI with 17. She became the first Hog in program history to win SEC Player of the Week in consecutive weeks after earning the honors on March 12 and 19. Ellis is part of Arkansas’ defense at first base and posted a .991 fielding percentage on 347 total opportunities while helping convert 21 double plays.

Building on her freshman campaign, Reagan Johnson continues to be among the SEC’s best in center field and as a leadoff hitter. The Karnes City, Texas, native ranks second in the conference in hits with 70 and sixth in batting average, at a team-high .388 clip. Johnson leads Arkansas in hits, stolen bases with 11 and multi-hit games with 21. Defensively, Johnson has a fielding percentage of .988 on 84 total opportunities.

In her lone SEC season in the circle, Leinstock has shown why she is one of the conference’s premier pitchers after earning two SEC Pitcher of the Week honors. Leinstock (13-4) brings a 1.75 ERA, 129 strikeouts, eight complete games, three complete game shutouts and a .205 opponent batting average into this week’s SEC Tournament quarterfinal against Missouri. During league-only play, Leinstock finished among the best in the league, finishing fourth in saves with two, sixth in wins (8), sixth in batters struck out (20), eighth in ERA (2 .00), ninth in innings pitched (80.1). ), ninth in batters struck out (66) and 11th in opponent batting average (.213). She ranks second on Arkansas’ pitching staff this season with a 1.12 WHIP.

Despite switching positions from first to second base during the offseason, Cylie Halvorson made sure the transition went smoothly as she was recognized as Second-Team All-SEC for the second year in a row. Halvorson, who hit .304/.558/.365 during the regular season, got fired up during conference play, hitting at a .313 clip while recording 20 hits, a team-best five doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, a .531 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .389. The Sioux Falls, SD, native made her presence felt at second base after amassing a .967 fielding percentage on 182 total opportunities while helping turn 16 double plays.

Hannah Gammill has been a fixture on the Razorback lineup throughout her four seasons on The Hill. Claiming her second SEC All-Defensive Team honor, Gammill has posted a .985 fielding percentage on 137 total opportunities with eight double plays. During conference play, Gammill finished with a .986 fielding percentage on 71 total opportunities with four double plays. During the conference season, Gammill slashed .230/.525/.347 with 18 hits, three doubles, five home runs and a team-high 20 RBI. The Beebe, Ark., product also drew the team’s second-most walks with nine and reached base three times on a hit by pitch.

The Razorbacks close Thursday’s quarterfinal against Missouri at 9 a.m. Friday from Jane B. Moore Field. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, the game was stopped on Thursday evening due to weather conditions. The game will air on SEC Network with Kevin Brown (play-by-play), Amanda Scarborough (analyst) and Alyssa Lang (sideline) on the call.

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