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Eastern Florida Softball Players Receive All-Conference Recognition
April 23, 2014 - Four Eastern Florida softball players have received Florida College System Activities Association All-Southern Conference first-team recognition.
Honored were sophomores Manya Lopez, infield; Devin Williams, outfield; Brooke Formby, at large; and freshman Dajia Jones, pitcher.
Receiving second-team recognition were sophomore Brianna Seaman, outfield; and freshman Shelby Nazworth, catcher.
"Naturally we are pleased with Manya, Devin, Brooke and Dajia receiving first-team honors and Brianna and Shelby earning second-team recognition," said Eastern Florida head coach Ed Yanes. "The recognition is a reward for the commitment all six players have made to themselves and their teammates to be the best they can be everyday be it at practice, in games and most importantly in the classroom.
"All six, along with the other 11 players on the roster, made key contributions to us reaching the state tournament for the 10th straight season. And all 17 realize that our work is not done. But in the bigger picture we hope that Manya, Devin, Brooke, Dajia, Brianna and Shelby can someday look back at this accomplishment and realize how it helped lay the foundation for the success they have achieved in life beyond Eastern Florida."
Formby, a left-hander from Jacksonville, FL and Clay High School, ranked sixth nationally in triples with seven and 34th nationally in hits with 71. As a pitcher she ranked 44th in innings pitched (143).
Formby, who also played left field, finished as the Eastern Florida leader in triples; hits, 71; total bases 79; batting average, .420; on base percentage, .437; slugging percentage, .538; and tied Lopez and Seaman for most extra base hits, 13
Jones, a right-hander from Jacksonville and Mandarin High, ranked 19th nationally with 20 complete games and 51st in innings pitched (139). Offensively she had 48 hits including four doubles and two home runs. She drove in 33 runs.
Williams, a center fielder from Jupiter, FL and Jupiter High, finished the regular season as the team leader in runs with 51, walks with 11 and stolen bases with five.
Lopez, a shortstop, infielder and catcher from Miami, FL and G. Holmes Braddock High, finished the regular season as the team leader in doubles with 12 and runs batted in with 46. She was tied for the team lead in extra base hits with 13.
Seaman, from Windsor, CO and Windsor High, was the team leader in home runs with four. She was second in runs batted in with 37 and slugging percentage, .493.
Nazworth, from Jacksonville and Clay High, did the bulk of the catching this season. Offensively she finished with 36 hits including four doubles and a triple. She scored 19 runs.
Lopez was a first-team all-conference selection in 2013 as a catcher. Formby was a second-team selection in 2013 as was Seaman.
Other recognition awarded for the 2014 season was conference Player of the Year, shortstop Suka VanGurp of Palm Beach State College; Pitcher of the Year, Milena Calixto of Miami Dade College; and Coach of the Year, Martha McCall of Palm Beach State.
Eastern Florida finished the regular season with an 8-8 conference record and a 22-25 overall mark.