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STORRS, Conn. – In what is the only proper way for senior Lexi Gifford to leave her mark on the University of Connecticut softball program, the shortstop has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team for her contributions this season.
The All-Conference teams were announced on Wednesday afternoon by the league office and Gifford is UConn’s sole representative on the list of honorees.
Gifford is one of three Huskies to start every game this season and is second on the team with a .318 batting average. She leads UConn in hits (48), runs (34), total bases (64) and stolen bases (10).
In the Houston series on April 29-30, she set a new program record for defensive assists in the field – a number which has now grown to over 500 after she passed Chris Woodman for first place.
She has twice been named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll this season for her outstanding play, bumping her career total to three selections.
Gifford has also been on a hot streak as of late, hitting .500 (8-of-16) in UConn’s last five games. She is currently on a three-game hitting streak and is tied with senior Alyson Ambler for the team-lead in multi-hit games this season (11).
Her 4-for-4, three RBI and two runs scored performance against St. John’s on March 13 was a season-best for Gifford, who also tacked on three different games with three hits in her senior season.
A native of Natick, Mass., Gifford has been a four-year starter with the Huskies – amounting to 205 games in total. She sits in the top 20 of all-time UConn players in home runs and runs scored, while earning a top 10 spot in walks.
No. 7 UConn plays No. 2 UCF in the AAC Championship quarterfinals on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in Tulsa, Okla. The single-elimination tournament will take place at the Collins Softball Complex.