Texas Tech Signees Continue to Earn National Honors|
Olive Naotala was one of two Tech signees to be named a NFCA first team All-American Wednesday.
(Photo courtesy of Howard College)
June 6, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech softball signees Olive Naotala and Shelby Johnson were honored Wednesday as NJCAA Division I first team All-Americans in an announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
This is the second first team All-America accolade for both Naotala (Howard College) and Johnson (Chattanooga State) this year as they were previously honored by the NJCAA. Naotala was also named a first team All-American by the NFCA a year ago, while Johnson picked up the award for the first time.
It marks the fourth-straight year Tech has signed a first-team All-American from the junior college ranks as Logan Hall (2009), Cydney Allen (2010), Kelsey Dennis (2009-10), and Adriana Perez (2011) all previously earned the award prior to joining the Red Raiders.
A true middle infielder, Naotala will bring another power hitting option to the Tech lineup as she led the country with 32 home runs and 98 RBI as a sophomore to go along with a .445 average and 17 doubles. The Oceanside, Calif. native was also 18-for-19 in stolen base attempts and scored 89 runs to help lead Howard College to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Johnson, meanwhile, hit .473 during her final season at Chattanooga State en route to leading the Tigers to the program's first national title. The Jefferson, Ga. product also totaled eight doubles, five triples, a pair of home runs, and 83 stolen bases, which ranked second in the country.
Naotala signed with Tech this past November during the fall signing period, while Johnson put her name to paper just a day ago. Both student-athletes will have two years of eligibility remaining when they enroll at the university in August.