FORT MYERS, Fla., - Carmen Paez (Belle Glade, Fla.) was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA 1st Team All-American. Paez, a junior third baseman, left her mark in Division II softball this year.
Paez set a new single season record for homeruns with 28 on the year, eclipsing the old mark of 26 set in 1995 by Jackie Aiken of Wisconsin-Parkside. Paez finished among the all-time leaders in RBI and walks this season. She hit .443 while driving in 80 RBI and a .953 slugging percentage. She has collected numerous accolades following her record breaking season.
"Carmen brought so much to our team this season that she has to be one of the main reasons we were so successful," stated head coach Dave Deiros. "Most of it was easy to measure; a national leader in batting average, homers, RBI, walks, runs scored, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. She carried us offensively the entire season. However, her greatest value to us was intangible...her fearlessness, competitive fire, and generosity melded this team into a strong unit. Not bad for someone who has never played third base and had not played competitive fastpitch in two years."
The Eagles finished the year 62-8 and an appearance in the South Region final. The 62 wins is the fifth best mark in NCAA Division II history. Over the last two seasons, the Eagles have compiled a 120-17 mark. Next season, the Eagles return six starters and both starting pitchers and will move to NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference.