The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its 2012 NFCA Division III All-American teams and two Salisbury University softball players were honored. Senior pitcher Erika Brittingham and junior catcher Michelle Gravdahl were each named to the third team.
This is the 12th consecutive season that at least one Sea Gull has been honored as an All-American, and the pair brings the program's total to 26 All-Americans.
This marks the second time that both student-athletes have garnered an All-American award.
In Brittingham's final season with the Gulls she was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight year, was named the CAC Pitcher of the Week twice and was named to the NFCA All-Region first team. The Georgetown, Del., native was a fierce component of Salisbury's line-up and in the circle where she went 22-4 with an 0.79 ERA and .157 opponent batting average. The senior led Salisbury with a .442 batting average and 37 RBIs while hitting four doubles, seven home runs and adding 14 runs scored.
Brittingham has etched her named in Sea Gull softball history. In her four years of play she accumulated 60 pitching victories and 573 strikeouts, both achievements good for second-best all-time behind former Gull Lacey Lister.
Gravdahl was an integral part of Salisbury's offense and defense this season. The Ellicott City, Md., native had the team's second-best batting average (.395) and slugging percentage (.719). The junior led the team with 13 doubles and contributed 31 RBIs and 34 runs scored. This past season Gravdahl hit a career-high eight homers and was walked 31 times. Gravdahl was just as powerful behind the plate with a career-high seven pickoffs and catching six opponents stealing an extra base. The catcher was recognized for her achievements this year being named All-CAC first team, NFCA All-Region first team and to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, for her success not only on the field but in the classroom as well.
Salisbury closed out its season with a 37-7 overall record, 22
of those victories were shut outs. The Sea Gulls claimed their 16th
consecutive CAC title, 17th overall, and made their 17th NCAA
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