Team USA veteran Michelle Moultrie named 2014 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year
OKLAHOMA CITY – Following her fourth season as a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been announced as the 2014 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year. Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., Moultrie has been a mainstay on the roster, collecting three World Cup of Softball titles, a Pan American Games Gold and two Silver International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship Medals.
“I praise God for the amazing opportunity to play for USA Softball,” said Moultrie. “Representing my country continues to inspire me to grow in who I am as a player and in who I am as a person. It is an honor to be named the 2014 USA Softball Female Player of the Year. Thank you!”
In her fourth year with the USA Softball Women’s National Team, Moultrie continued to be a leader for the program both on and off the field. Seeing action in 27 games last summer, Moultrie helped lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the General Tire World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., a Silver at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, B.C., Canada, the Gold at Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy and a runner-up finish at the ISF World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands. A true threat at the plate as a slapper and power hitter, Moultrie showed her offensive power during Italian Softball Week, where she compiled a .643 tournament batting average to earn the Batting Champion award as well as the Tournament MVP.
“Michelle had an outstanding season for us in 2014,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “Her leadership and her passion for Team USA was put on full display time and again at every tournament we participated in. Her clutch hitting and her stellar defense were on display daily. Her ability to rise up to the clutch moment was habitual throughout the entire summer.”
For the summer, the Florida alum batted .378, knocking in 17 RBI with two home runs and 20 runs scored. Even more astonishing was her .442 on-base percentage and .635 slugging percentage. Her best outing of the summer came against Mexico during the General Tire World Cup of Softball. Moultrie hit .579 (1-for-2) with one walk, one triple and two RBI to help push Team USA to a 7-0 (five inning) win.
Since joining the U.S. roster in 2011, Moultrie has been a constant in the lineup whether in the outfield or at the plate. Named to the 2015 roster following the Women’s National Team Selection Camp, Moultrie will compete in the World Cup of Softball X and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
You can follow along with Moultrie and the rest of Team USA by visiting www.usasoftball.comthroughout the 2015 season.