Lorenz named NFCA Freshman of Year


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 5:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 5:01 p.m.

Florida's Amanda Lorenz was named the NFCA Freshman of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Tuesday night at the NCAA Championship Banquet in Oklahoma City.

Lorenz, the SEC Freshman of the year, recorded a team-high .403 batting average (73-for-181), including a team-high 14 doubles, one triple and eight home runs, 48 RBI and 56 runs scored. She also tallied a team-high 48 walks with three hit-by-pitches and struck out only 19 times.

"Amanda was consistent and great for us all season long," UF coach Tim Walton said. "Her numbers speak for themselves, but I'm excited for her to be rewarded with this very special honor. Amanda is a great teammate and fun to coach. I'm excited for her to compete with the U.S. Women's Elite Team this summer and come back to Gainesville this fall even better."

Although this award is only in its third season, Florida was the first school to have two rookie's named as top three finalists as rookie right-hander Kelly Barnhill was in OKC for the banquet on Tuesday evening. The third finalist for this year's award was Oklahoma infielder Shay Knighten.

"It was a huge honor and I am humbled by it," Lorenz sqaid. "My heart was beating really fast when I was standing there. Being friends with both Kelly (Barnhill) and Shay (Knighten), I was excited for both of them and the amazing seasons they had. I am very proud to represent the Gators and to wear the orange and blue."

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