June 4, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Lehigh softball standout Julie Fernandez '12 has been named to the Lowe's Senior All-American second team, it was announced Friday. The announcement came Friday on day two of the NCAA Women's College World Series. In April, Fernandez was named one of ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Five finalists were named to the first team, while Fernandez and four others were named to the second team.
Fernandez was joined on the second team by Arizona State's Katelyn Boyd, Mallory Duran-Sellers of Southern Illinois, Stanford's Ashley Hanson and Niki Williams of Washington.
Three-time All-American Valerie Arioto of California was selected as the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was joined on the first team by Michelle Moultrie of Florida, Christi Orgeron of Louisiana-Lafayette, Cassie Reilly-Boccia of Alabama and Hawaii's Stephanie Ricketts.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I softball head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I softball.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A two-year team captain, Fernandez's impact goes beyond the softball diamond. She has posted a 3.33 cumulative grade point average in Lehigh's rigorous behavioral neuroscience program. Fernandez is a two-time Academic All-Patriot League selection and has been a multi-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. An aspiring pediatrician, Fernandez was active in Lehigh's Athletic Department as a Student-Athlete mentor and a participant in Lehigh's award-winning community outreach C.O.A.C.H. program. She is also a graduate of Lehigh Athletics' Leadership Academy.
On the field, Fernandez established herself as one of the premier hitters in school and Patriot League history. A four-time first-team All-Patriot League selection at first base, Fernandez holds school and league career records for hits (263) and doubles (64). She hit a league-best .441 as a senior, ranking in the top ten nationally in batting average. Fernandez also set a school and league record with 22 doubles and tied for the Patriot League lead with 48 runs batted in. A former Patriot League Rookie and Player of the Year, Fernandez led the Mountain Hawks to Patriot League titles and NCAA tournament berths in three of her four seasons in the Brown and White.
2012 All-America First Team
*Valerie Arioto, Pitcher/First Base, California
Michelle Moultrie, Center Field, Florida
Christie Orgeron, Outfield, Louisiana-Lafayette
Cassie Reilly-Boccia, Outfield/First Base, Alabama
Stephanie Ricketts, Pitcher, Hawai'i
2012 All-America Second Team
Katelyn Boyd, Shortstop, Arizona State
Mallory Duran-Sellers, Outfield, Southern Illinois
Julie Fernandez, First Base, Lehigh
Ashley Hansen, Shortstop, Stanford
Niki Williams, Utility, Washington
*Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner