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OU softball: 6 Sooners receive NFCA All-American honors

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Giselle Juarez

Junior Giselle Juarez pitches during the game March 27.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Six Sooners received NFCA All-American honors on Wednesday.

Senior Sydney Romero, senior Caleigh Clifton and junior pitcher Giselle Juarez were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association First-Team All Americans. Senior Falepolima Aviu and sophomore Jocelyn Alo were named to the second team and freshman Grace Green was named to the third team.

This is the second year in a row Romero earned first-team NFCA honors. Batting at the top of the lineup for the Sooners, Romero leads the team in batting average (.435), hits (83), doubles (17), triples (3)  home runs (19) and RBIs (54).  

Like Romero, Juarez also was named a NFCA First-Team All American in 2018. The Arizona State transfer proved to be a crucial part in the Sooners' dominance throughout 2019. Juarez went 26-1, posted a 1.10 ERA, gave up just 68 hits and stuck out 229 batters.

This is Clifton's first year making the NFCA First-Team. The second basemen batted .419, hit 17 home runs and 49 RBIs, and led the team in runs (67), slugging percentage (.919) and on-base percentage (.564).

Romero, Juarez and the rest of the Sooners will start their 2019 Women's College World Series run against Alabama at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at USA Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

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