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Strickland Named to Easton All-American Squad
Following a season that led to a share of this year's Big South Player of the Year honors, junior Kelly Strickland has been named to the Easton Fastpitch All-American team, as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Strickland, who was named to the Easton Fastpitch third-team All-American listing, is the first softball player in program history to earn All-America honors.
Strickland helped the Lady Flames win their second Big South Conference championship in program history this past season, advancing to the NCAA Knoxville Regional. At the site, Liberty dropped games to No. 5 Tennessee and No. 19 Georgia Tech to finish the year 30-30.
Strickland had numerous honors bestowed upon her during her junior campaign. As previously mentioned, Strickland shared Big South Player of the Year honors, as she finished tied in the final league voting with Radford's second baseman Nichole Beall.
Liberty's second baseman was also a Big South second-team all-conference honoree, while being one of two Lady Flames named to the NCFA All-Region squad.
Strickland led the Big South and ranked No. 23 in the country with 16 home runs, a mark that ranked fifth best in the program's single-season record book. She also batted .324 with 47 RBIs, tying her for eighth best on the program's single-season list.
Strickland will enter her senior year ranked No. 4 in program history with 128 career RBIs and No. 3 with 39 career home runs. The Tabor City, N.C., native will also enter his final season with the Lady Flames with a .302 career batting average, 98 career runs scored, 150 career hits and 23 career doubles.
2011 Easton NCAA Division I First Team All-American
Kayla Braud, Alabama, So.
Kelsey Bruder, Florida, Sr.
Megan Bush, Florida, Sr.
Kelsi Dunne, Alabama, Sr.
Andrea Harrison, UCLA, Jr.
Jolene Henderson, California-Berkeley, So.
Whitney Larsen, Alabama, Sr.
Blaire Luna, Texas, So.
Hannah Rogers, Florida, Fr.
Brittany Schutte, Florida, So.
Jackie Traina, Alabama, Fr.
Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech, Jr.
2011 Easton NCAA Division I Second Team All-American
Paige Affleck, BYU, Sr.
Allison Garcia, Bethune-Cookman, Sr.
Amy Hooks, Texas, Sr.
Jessica Iwata, Hawai'i, So.
Michelle Moultrie, Florida, Jr.
Kara Nelson, Illinois State, Sr.
Aja Paculba, Florida, Sr.
Jessica Phillips, Binghamton, So.
Sara Plourde, Massachusetts, Jr.
Jamia Reid, California-Berkeley, Jr.
April Setterlund, Boston, Sr.
Megan Yocke, Kentucky, Sr.
2011 Easton NCAA Division I Third Team All-American
Meagan Aull, Kentucky, Sr.
Melanie Bryant, Central Arkansas, So.
Bailey Mietich, San Diego State, Jr.
Michelle Moses, Fresno State, Jr.
Courtney Platt, Florida Gulf Coast, Sr.
Jessica Purcell-Fitu, BYU, Sr.
Ashley Ray, Nicholls State, Jr.
Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i, Jr.
Kelly Strickland, Liberty, Jr.
Andie Varsho, Purdue, Fr.
Jace Williams, California-Berkeley, Jr.
2011 Easton NAIA, NCAA DII & DIII All-American
Anna Ard, William Carey, Sr.
Erika Brittingham, Salisbury, Jr.
Jessica Coan, North Georgia College & State, Jr.
Lindsay Erickson, Minnesota State-Mankato, Fr.
Kendall Gorham, California Baptist, Jr.
Emma Holden, California Baptist, Jr.
Mary Kelly, Alabama-Huntsville, Fr.
Amanda Lievanos, Redlands, Fr.
Katelyn Lovato, Adams State, So.
CeCe Luster, Biola, Fr.
Mara Rodriguez, California Baptist, So.
Brooke Smitherman, Mississippi College, Fr.