All-Decade College Softball Teams: First Team
Given the wealth of softball talent that has passed through the NCAA ranks over the past 10 years, it's almost impossible to narrow down the best college players of the 2010 decade. But SA has done just that with three All-Decade Teams (first, second and honorable mention) to close out the 2010s and pay homage to a decade stacked with softball talent.
Next up is the All-Decade First Team, which features 10 standouts from various programs around the country.
See below for an alphabetical list of the most talented and dominant college softball players at the Division-I level throughout the 2010 decade.
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma, 2015)
A four-time All-American at Oklahoma, Chamberlain set the NCAA’s home run record for softball with 95 in her illustrious college career. The 2013 national champion was also a multi-time finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Rachel Garcia (UCLA, 2021)
With one season of NCAA eligibility remaining, Garcia is the only player on this list who is still in college. The two-time National Collegiate Player of the Year led UCLA to the national title in 2019 as the WCWS Most Outstanding Player. She has earned Pac-12 Pitcher and Player of the Year honors during her time with the Bruins as well as three All-American honors in her three collegiate campaigns. Garcia is set to represent the U.S. as a member of its Olympic softball team in 2020.
Jolene Henderson (Cal, 2013)
Henderson was a three-time All-American at Cal, where she became the program’s all-time wins leader with 130. She earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honors twice in her college career and was a two-time finalist for the Honda Award in softball.
Amanda Lorenz (Florida, 2019)
A four-time All-American and All-SEC selection at Florida, Lorenz was the SEC Player of the Year in 2018. She was also the National Collegiate Freshman of the Year in 2016 and a multi-time finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award during her career with the Gators.
Haylie McCleney (Alabama, 2016)
The four-time All-American at Alabama finished her career with the Crimson Tide as the program’s all-time leader in several offensive categories. McCleney, the 2016 Senior Class Award winner, is set to play in the 2020 Olympics with the U.S. national softball team.
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Paige Parker (Oklahoma, 2018)
The two-time national champion at Oklahoma was also a four-time All-American for the Sooners. Parker, the 2016 WCWS Most Outstanding Player and 2015 National Collegiate Freshman of the Year, was also the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in all four seasons of her college career.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma, 2013)
A four-time All-American and 2013 national champion at Oklahoma, Ricketts was a two-time National Collegiate Player of the Year for the Sooners. She was also the Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Year during her legendary college career, which was capped off with the 2013 Honda Cup, awarded to the nation’s top woman collegiate athlete.
Hannah Rogers (Florida, 2014)
Rogers, a 2014 national champion, was a four-time All-American at Florida as well as the SEC Female Athlete of the Year during her senior year. The 2014 WCWS Most Outstanding Player was also a four-time All-SEC selection.
Sierra Romero (Michigan, 2016)
Romero was the Honda Award winner for softball as well as the National Collegiate Player of the Year in 2016. She was also the first four-time All-American in Michigan’s program history and a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year. As a senior, she became the first player in NCAA history to record 300 runs scored, 300 hits and 300 RBIs.
Jackie Traina (Alabama, 2014)
Traina, a four-time All-American at Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2012. The two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year was also the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 WCWS.