All-Decade College Softball Teams: Honorable Mention
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.
First up is the Honorable Mention All-Decade Team, which features 10 standouts from various programs around the country.
See below for an alphabetical list of some of the most talented and dominant college softball players at the Division-I level throughout the 2010 decade.
Kayla Braud (Alabama, 2013)
Braud was a three-time All-American at Alabama and a member of the Crimson Tide’s national championship team in 2012. She also collected the 2013 Senior Class Award for softball, which is granted to the nation’s top senior student-athlete.
Ally Carda (UCLA, 2015)
Carda earned back-to-back Pac-12 Player of the Year honors at UCLA in 2014 and 2015. The soon-to-be U.S. Olympian was also a two-time First Team All-American and a top three finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award in 2014.
Kasey Cooper (Auburn, 2017)
A three-time All-American at Auburn, Cooper was the SEC Player of the Year in 2016 and a top three finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award. She graduated with several of the program’s offensive records.
Sara Groenewegen (Minnesota, 2017)
Groenewegen was a three-time All-American at Minnesota, where she set the program record for strikeouts. The Canadian national softball team member earned both Big Ten Pitcher and Player of the Year honors during her collegiate career and was also a three-time top 10 finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Shay Knighten (Oklahoma, 2019)
Knighten had a flair for the dramatic during her career at Oklahoma. The two-time All-American and national champion was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2017 WCWS and a member of the 2016 and 2017 WCWS All-Tournament Team thanks to the heroics she demonstrated when the stakes were highest.
Janae Jefferson Felt Right At Home With WPF's Texas Smoke
Former University of Texas star Janae Jefferson had a breakout WPF season with the Texas Smoke.
Blaire Luna (Texas, 2013)
Luna was a two-time All-American at Texas, who was also a two-time top 10 finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year honor. She stands second to all-time great Cat Osterman in nearly every Longhorns pitching record category.
Katiyana Mauga (Arizona, 2017)
Mauga set both Arizona’s and the Pac-12’s career home run record with 92 in her collegiate tenure. During her senior year for the Wildcats, the two-time All-American became the only player in NCAA history to hit 20 home runs in each of her four college seasons.
Michelle Moultrie (Florida, 2012)
A two-time All-American at Florida, the 2020 U.S. Olympic team outfielder was the SEC Player of the Year in 2012 as well as a top 10 finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Kelsey Stewart (Florida, 2016)
A two-time First Team All-American, Stewart was also a two-time national champion at Florida. The 2020 U.S. Olympic team infielder earned the SEC Player of the Year award in 2015.
Jessie Warren (Florida State, 2018)
The 2018 national champion was a three-time All-American at Florida State. Warren, a top 10 finalist for the National Collegiate Player of the Year award in 2017, was also the Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 WCWS and the ACC Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018.