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Arizona softball: Four Wildcats honored as All-Americans

Danielle O’Toole. (Photo courtesy Stan Liu/Arizona Athletics)

Four Arizona Wildcats softball players have been honored as All-Americans, as chosen by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole and freshman Jessie Harper were chosen to the first team.

O’Toole, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, went 30-5 with 1.21 ERA, striking out 210 in 219 innings. Harper hit .333 with 19 home runs and 13 doubles, driving in 56.

Somewhat surprisingly, senior third baseman Katiyana Mauga was left off the first team. She made second-team honors, as did senior shortstop Mo Mercado.

Mauga hit .356, is second nationally with 25 home runs, drove in 61 runs and had a slugging percentage of .906. She ended her career with 92 home runs, a Pac-12 record and the No. 2 mark in college softball history.

Florida State’s Jessie Warren (.413, 23 homer runs) was the first-team All-American third baseman, which you can understand, but Mauga also wasn’t selected for one of the five at-large spots.

Mercado hit .396 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles and 53 RBIs.

Arizona finished the season at 52-9 after losing to Baylor last week in a Super Regional.

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