Okvist Earns Second NFCA All-America Nod
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Georgia College senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) has been named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II All-American roster. The senior outfielder rejoins the All-American rankings as a Second Team selection after originally garnering a First Team nod in 2012.
Okvist becomes only the second Bobcat to become a two-time NFCA All-American joining Keidra Baitey (2003, 2006).
The distinction goes with a stellar season and career that includes being named to the First Team on the NFCA All-Region and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams for 2014.
Although Okvist will finish atop several Georgia College career records, she will be most remembered for her base stealing. In that category, her 163 total stolen bases are a PBC record and rank her as No. 5 in NCAA Division II history.
The four-time All-PBC selection led the Bobcats in six team categories in 2014. In addition to stolen bases, Okvist led the team in batting average (.435), hits (70), runs (45), on-base percentage (.505) and slugging percentage (.484). In addition, her fielding prowess was evident by going error-free last season.
Those totals helped her climb to first overall in several categories in Georgia College softball history. In addition to stolen bases, the most prominent categories Okvist will move to No. 1 on the Bobcat all-time lists are hits (246) and runs (176).
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