Arizona Softball

Arizona softball receives NFCA All-American honors

The NFCA announced its D-1 softball All-American list on Wednesday and Arizona players Dejah Mulipola, Alyssa Denham, Jessie Harper, and Janelle Meoño all received honors.

With four players named to the NFCA All-American list, Arizona as a program has now had 109 All-American honors in school history.

Mulipola was named to the NFCA first-team All-American list. This is the third time in her Arizona career that she has been named a first-team All-American.

Mulipola has been one of the Pac-12’s best hitters this season, leading the conference in home runs (21), RBIs (63), and in on-base percentage at .533 to establishing herself as the top catcher in the NCAA.

Denham received her first NFCA All-American honors after being named a third-team All-American.

Denham has posted an ERA of 1.88 in 137 2/3 innings of work while racking up 106 strikeouts.

Alyssa Denham no-hitter (Troy Hutchison/AllSportsTucson.com)

Harper was named to the NFCA third-team All-American list. During her Arizona career, she has been named to the NFCA All-American list four times in five seasons with the program.

During her career at Arizona, Harper has established herself as one of the most feared power hitters and is third on the career list of home runs with 91. She enters the Women’s College World Series five homers away from breaking the record held by former Oklahoma hitter Lauren Chamberlain.

Here’s a chart showing who Harper needs to pass to capture the career record:

NCAA Softball Home Run Career List

 Name SchoolYears HR
1.Lauren ChamberlainOklahoma2012-1595
2T.Katiyana MaugaArizona2014-1792
2T.Jessie HarperArizona 2017-2192
4.Stacey NuvemanUCLA1997-0290
5.Stacie Chambers Arizona2008-1187

Meoño earned NFCA third-team All-American honors during her redshirt freshman season, adding to her Pac-12 batting title and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award.

During her first full season in college softball, the lighting-fast Meoño became one of the best lead-off hitters in the NCAA with a Pac-12 leading batting average of .439, collecting team-high 69 hits.

No. 11 Arizona (41-13) will face No. 3 Alabama (50-7) on Thursday in the first round of the Women’s College World Series on ESPN at 4 p.m. local time.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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