Razorbacks collect three All-American program record
FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Shortstop Braxton Burnside, pitcher Mary Haff and first baseman Danielle Gibson took home All-American honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to crown a record playoff awards for softball from the ‘Arkansas. Burnside and Haff became the first student-athletes in program history to win first-team honors, while Gibson earned second-team recognition. Prior to this season, Miranda Dixon (2010, third team) and Autumn Storms (2019, second team) were the only All-Americans in program history.
Burnside broke a single-season school record of 24 home runs, which ranked second in the country and tied for third in SEC history. She was named to the All-SEC and NFCA All-Region First Teams, a finalist in the U.S. Top 10 Softball Player of the Year and a two-time SEC Player of the Week. The native of Paragould, Ark. reduced by 0.347 / 0.497 / 0.889 with his stroke percentage ranking 13th nationally and 51 RBIs tied for the team lead. Burnside and northern Iowa shortstop Sammey Bunch were the only two players in the country to score and lead at least 50 races while walking more than 35 times. Four times this season, Burnside has had two homers in a game. She hit five home runs in three games in late February. From February 22 to April 25, the graduate student reached base in 37 straight games.
Haff compiled the most decorated season by a pitcher in school history, winning the honors of the SEC pitcher of the year – the first in the program – All-SEC and NFCA All-Region First Team recognition and a joins Burnside on USA Softball’s Top 10 Finalists list. She also won two SEC Pitcher of the Week awards. The Winter Haven, Fla. Pitcher was fifth nationally in wins and saves, posting a 23-5 record with five saves and a 1.61 ERA on 170.0 innings pitched. Haff whipped up 175 batters on 35 walks delivered and limited the opposition to a batting average of .192. She was even better as a reliever, posting a 0.83 ERA (42.2 IP / 5 ER) and allowing only three of the legacy 19 runners to score. Against Texas Tech, Haff was within a perfect game error and threw the second non-hitting goal of his career. The right-hander’s 74 career wins are the biggest in school history.
Gibson won Second Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team, NFCA All-Region First Team, and SEC Player of the Week honors. Gibson paced the SEC regular-season champions Razorbacks on batting average and was second in stroke percentage behind Burnside, slashing .369 / .413 / .771 with 16 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBIs. The Murrieta, Calif., Product was the only player nationwide to have recorded at least 15 doubles and homers this season. Against South Carolina, it went 5-5 with two doubles and a walk, tying the nation’s lead on hits in a single game. Gibson has recorded 18 multi-shot games, the best on the team.
Only regular season stats counted during the voting process.