GC Softball’s Burnett, Okvist Chosen to NFCA All-Region

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recently announced the 2012 All-Southeast Region Teams, with two Georgia College softball players earning a spot on the list.

Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) was chosen to the all-region first team at designated player, joining outfielder Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.)

Burnett earns first NFCA all-region selection this season after hitting .347 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. The slugger broke GC’s career home runs record by smacking two in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament loss. She just the second Bobcat DP to be chosen NFCA All-Region, the first was second teamer Heather Jones in 2003.

Okvist makes her first appearance on an NFCA All-Region Team, hitting .413 this season with 52 stolen bases in as many tries, a school record. She scored 54 runs and drove in 19. Okvist is the fifth NFCA All-Region outfielder for GC, the first since Sherquita Bostick in 2009.

GC softball now has 22 honorees all-time for NFCA All-Region, dating back to 2000. Burnett and Okvist will now move on to the All-America ballot, with winners due to be announced in mid-May. Six Bobcats have earned NFCA All-America accolades.

The Bobcats showed much improvement in 2012, finishing 25-24 with a 9-11 PBC mark, good for seventh and a PBC playoff spot after holding the top spot in the conference standings early in the season. GC put three players on the All-PBC team, all-region honors for Burnett Okvist and Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.).

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