Tarleton State Turns Out Another All-American

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Training All-American softball players is something that Tarleton State is used to. They have another All-American this year, making it the fourth time in the school’s history one was named. Katie Welborn is taking the honor home. She was the latest TexAnn to do so. She was impressively the second-team pick for the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association All-American Team.

Welborn started all of her 51 games for Tarleton that held a 31-20 record. She was hitting .386 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI’s. She earned a .741 slugging percentage and had 11 doubles. She lead the team in hits at 61 totally, as well as walks, 28 total. The impressive stats don’t end there. Welborn, a senior from North Richland Hills, was also 14-7 with a 3.42 earned run average in the circle.

Tarleton head coach Julie Mata is obviously very proud and excited for her player. She said, “What a tremendous honor for Katie. This was obviously a tough team to make and it shows just how outstanding her performance was throughout the season.”

The past Tarleton All-Americans were Jennifer Maupin. Maupin was a third-team selection pick in 1998. Gracie Villa was a second-team honoree in 2001, and Monica Garza received the highest honor of the school, making first-team selection in 2004. She’s also a recent inductee in Tarleton’s athletics hall of fame.

Welborn has plenty to be proud of. She was previously named first-team all- conference and all-region by the Lone Star Conference and the NFCA. She was also a second-team all-region pick by Daktronics, and named academic all-conference.

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Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune

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