Butler Named to Softball All-America Second Team|
May 20, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech centerfielder Sandy Butler was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America second team. The announcement was made today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Butler, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., led Tech with a .352 batting average this season. She also had team highs in hits with 75, runs with 48 and stolen bases with 26. In the Big 12 Conference, Butler was the league's leading hitter, averaging 1.19 hits per game. She was second in runs with .76 per outing. In stolen bases, Butler was third in the Big 12 with .41 per game. This season she started in all of Tech's contests.
"This is something I didn't expect. It shocked me. As far as my own standards, I thought I could have done a lot better this year, but I tried to just work hard and I guess that paid off. It is really gratifying," Butler said
Earlier this season, Butler was named to the All-Midwest Region first team and All-Big 12 first team. She was an honorable mention pick for the Academic All-Big 12 team.
"We are thrilled that Sandy was selected. She has a great work ethic and is very deserving of this honor. It is also a big boost for our program," Texas Tech Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.
Butler is the first All-American softball player for Tech since the program was reinstated three years ago.
"My mom was really proud of me. She told me that it is a tradition now and I agree. I will have to work hard to make sure I achieve this same status in the coming years," Butler said
Butler will receive her award tonight at a banquet held in Oklahoma City, Okla. where the NCAA Women's College World Series will begin tomorrow at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Red Raiders finished the 1998 season with an overall mark of 45-19 and a national ranking of 17. They ended Big 12 play in fourth place with a 10-7 mark and finished fifth in the Big 12 Tournament. Tech narrowly missed being included in the NCAA Softball Championships.