Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM
All-Americans Taylor Hoagland and Taylor Thom have been named to the USA Softball Women’s National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday. Hoagland makes her second appearance on the squad after earning a spot in 2011, and Thom is making her first.
Texas has had at least one current or former Longhorn on the USA National Team in 17 of the last 18 years. This marks just the third time that UT has had two representatives and the first since Cat Osterman and Lindsay Gardner were on the team in 2002.
For the Longhorns in 2013, Hoagland was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First-Team All-America selection and an NFCA All-Central Region and All-Big 12 First-Team honoree. The Flower Mound, Texas, native ended her career as a four-time all-league and all-region honoree. Hoagland, who will go down as one of the most productive offensive players in program history, stands as UT’s all-time leader in home runs (58), runs scored (221), walks (178), slugging percentage (.708) and on-base percentage (.501) while ranking second in batting average (.365), runs batted in (149) and stolen bases (88).
Thom, who earned NFCA Third-Team All-America honors as a junior this past year, set the Texas single-season RBI record with 66 in 2013. She was a First-Team NFCA All-Central Region selection as well as an All-Big 12 First-Team pick. Thom's 15 home runs in 2013 are good for second on the program's single-season chart, while her 55 runs scored are the third most in a year in program history. The Cedar Park, Texas, product will enter her senior year standing ninth on the Texas career-record charts in runs scored (122) and home runs (28) while checking in fourth in RBI (135) and sixth in batting average (.346).
Hoagland and Thom will make their first appearances with the Women’s National Team on July 11-14 in Oklahoma City for the World Cup of Softball VIII. The USA won the gold medal at last year’s World Cup.
Following the World Cup, the squad is slated to compete from July 16-22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, and Aug. 5-18 at an International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.