Cassidy Littlefield Named First-Team Softball All-American

Cassidy Littlefield

Junior infielder is softball program’s first-ever nod; 17th of the year for Grizzly Athletics across five sports. (photos courtesy Rod Reilly/GGC)

Georgia Gwinnett junior Cassidy Littlefield was named an NAIA Softball First-Team All-American, the NAIA revealed Thursday night.

The first baseman from Slocomb, Ala., was one of just six infielders in the nation to be named to the first team and stands as the Grizzlies’ first-ever softball All-American.

Littlefield was second in the nation this season with 1.80 hits per game and ranked among the nation’s top 10 players in 11 different offensive categories.

She batted .474 on the season, leading the Grizzlies with 90 hits, nine triples, seven home runs and 62 runs scored. She also stole a team-high 47 bases in 53 attempts, slugged .721 and struck out just eight times in 190 at bats.

The junior helped the Grizzlies to a 39-10-1 record as they picked up their first votes in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

“This is an incredible honor and I am so proud to see Cassidy earn recognition for her hard work,” GGC head coach Kat Ihlenburg said. “She had a phenomenal season. She is a tremendous team player who loves doing her part to see Grizzly Softball succeed. We are very excited for her.”

Littlefield had a 14-game hitting streak during the season, homering in three straight games. In the month of April alone, she went on a tear with 15 multi-hit games, 32 runs scored and 30 RBIs in just 18 contests.

She was named Co-Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and a first-team selection in the Association of Independent Institutions prior to the 2014 championship tournament in Lawrenceville earlier this month.

Check out the full 2014 Softball All-America teams here.

To date, the Grizzlies have had 17 All-American selections over five sports this season with six first-team selections, three second-team selections and eight honorable mentions.

(photos courtesy Rod Reilly/GGC)

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