Two UCF Softball Signees Receive NJCAA All-America Status

June 17, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. - UCF softball signees Allison Kime and Brittany Walters were both named by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as first team All-Americans at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Kime and Walters will attend and play at UCF in the fall.

Along with being named All-Americans, Kime and Walters were also named to the South All-Region First Team by the NFCA and the Region 8 First Team by the NJCAA.

Kime, a freshman pitcher, was one of the nation's leaders in strikeouts (322) and ERA (0.93). She gave up 44 runs on 125 hits, while leading her team to the championship game of the Gulf District at the Florida Community College Athletic Association (FCCAA). Kime was also named FCCAA State Pitcher of the Year along with FCCAA & NJCAA Region VIII All-Tournament Team.

Walters, a sophomore outfielder, led Gulf Coast in batting average (.421), hits (45), doubles (18) and total bases (25), while ranking second on the team in runs (45), slugging percentage (.605) and on-base percentage (.491). She was also named to the FCCAA & NJCAA Region VIII All-Tournament Team with Kime.

"Allison and Brittany will bring with them a level of play that is needed to be successful in Conference USA," said UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "Both players have seen top-level play coming from nationally recognized programs. Allison and Brittany exemplify what we look for in our student-athletes and we look forward to them making an immediate contribution to the Golden Knights softball program."

The UCF softball team is coming off the best season in program history, finishing 47-29-1 on the year and winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament to advance to the NCAA Regionals for the first time. The Golden Knights will enter into Conference USA in the fall of 2005.