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The UCLA First Team All-Americans: Ally Carda and Stephany LaRosa.

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Carda and LaRosa Both Named NFCA First Team All-Americans
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/28/2014

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2014 UCLA Softball Media Guide

OKLAHOMA CITY - Juniors Ally Carda and Stephany LaRosa were each named NFCA First Team All-Americans on Wednesday.

LaRosa earned her second NFCA All-American award after receiving First Team honors as a freshman in 2012. It is the first All-American accolade for Carda.

LaRosa becomes the 16th Bruin to earn at least a pair of First Team All-American honors and the 29th to receive multiple All-American awards. It is also the first year since 2010 that UCLA has been awarded multiple First Team All-American accolades.

Carda, who was a Top Three Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, was also named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team and NFCA All-Region First Team. In the circle, the three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week led the Bruins with a 1.90 earned run average, a 32-5 record and 230 strikeouts in 220 2/3 innings. Carda threw 18 complete games and added two saves, and was a part of 13 shutouts (nine solo), ranking in the Top 25 nationally in wins and shutouts.

At the plate, Carda was second with a .394 batting average, third with 13 home runs and tied for first with 55 runs batted in. She was also first in hits (69), multiple-hit games (17), total bases (123), on base percentage (.537) and hit by pitches (16), second in runs scored (56), slugging (.703) and multi-RBI contests (14), tied for second in doubles (11) and third in stolen bases (9).

LaRosa was named First Team All-Pac-12 and NFCA All-Region, ranking second on the squad with 14 home runs, third with a .367 batting average and fourth with 45 runs batted in. The junior was first on the team with a .727 slugging and 46 walks, second with a .527 on base percentage and third with 13 multiple-RBI games, also adding 29 runs scored, 51 hits, eight doubles, 11 multi-hit contests and 101 total bases.

LaRosa, who ranked in the Top 25 nationally in walks and on base percentage, reached base in a school-record 40 straight games, as well as 41 of the last 42 to end the season. Transitioning to the catcher position, she committed just two errors in 276 chances (.993 fielding percentage), committing only six passed balls.


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