Two Softball players earn 2012 Easton All-America honors
June 11, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Softball senior second baseman Lexy Bennett (Kingwood/Second Baptist HS) was selected as a 2012 Easton first team All-American today while junior pitcher Blaire Luna (Austin/Bowie HS) earned second team All-American honors. Luna becomes a two-time Easton All-American after earning first team honors last year while this is Bennett's first Easton honor.
Texas has now had eight players who have received Easton All-America honors.
Bennett led Texas to a 47-13 overall record and berth in the NCAA Super Regional after batting .422 (73-for-173) with 14 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Her .422 average was the second-highest in school history (behind her .438 average she recorded last year) and set school single-season records for RBI (57) and total bases (132).
She also set many career records for the Longhorn program. Bennett now holds UT career records for batting average (.385), on-base percentage (.464), runs scored (166), hits (245), RBI (155), total bases (414) and sacrifice flies (10). She is currently second for slugging percentage (.650) and doubles (47).
This season, she registered 19 multi-hit games as she had six games with three hits and one with a season-high four hits. She had a team-leading 16 multi-RBI games. In eight games during the postseason, she batted .609 (14-for-23) with three doubles, three home runs and five RBI for the Longhorns.
She earned NFCA All-America second team honors and All-Central Region and Big 12 Conference first team honors, along with being named Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Softball third team.
Luna led the Longhorns in the circle with a 22-6 record with a 2.31 ERA and three saves. She recorded eight shutouts (two combined) in 29 starts. In 188 innings, she allowed 136 hits with 95 walks and 286 strikeouts while opponents hit .199 against her.
She posted a 0.81 ERA and two shutouts during the NCAA Austin Regional. She threw 26 innings, allowing 18 hits with four walks and 52 strikeouts. Luna threw 249 pitches on May 20 as the Longhorns posted back-to-back 5-0 shutouts against Northwestern to win the regional. In the first game on Sunday, she allowed only two hits with a walk and 15 strikeouts, followed by a six-hitter with a lone walk against 14 strikeouts.
For the season, Luna had double-digit strikeouts in 12 games. She earned NFCA All-Central Region and Big 12 second team honors this season.