STARKVILLE, Miss.-Sophomore center fielder Tara Glover became the first Boise State softball student-athlete to earn All-America recognition, Wednesday. Glover was named a third-team All-American in the outfield by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The national leader in hits (88) and hits per game (1.63) during the regular season, Glover batted .476 to rank third in the NCAA as she recorded a hit in 49 of Boise State's 54 games, including 29 multi-hit games. She also reached base safely in 52 of the 54 contests.
Glover set single-season school records for batting average, hits, runs (54), doubles (14), triples (four) and steals (18) while also leading the Broncos in on-base percentage (.510) and slugging percentage (.708).
"Tara was very deserving of this honor," said Boise State Head Coach Erin Thorpe. "She was the spark plug for our offense all season long and her competitive drive and overall athleticism were invaluable to us in so many ways."
As instrumental as Glover's performance was to the Broncos' school-record 34 wins in 2012, she knows there are many others who had a hand in her All-American season.
"It's very exciting and definitely a pleasant surprise," Glover said. "I really want to thank all of the coaches at Boise State, my travel ball coaches and high school coaches, too, for helping to get me here. My parents and brothers have also always been there, pushing me and getting me through some of the times I didn't necessarily want to be on a softball field."
The national honor comes on the heels of being named NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team and Mountain West co-Player of the Year. Glover broke the all-time MW record for single-season batting average and saw her numbers explode during conference play. She hit safely in 11 of 12 league games, including 10 multi-hit games as she racked up 28 base hits against MW foes. Her .622 batting average and .638 on-base percentage each rank second all-time for conference-only numbers. Glover's 1.067 slugging percentage is third-best in MW history for league games.
The Grants Pass, Ore., native was even more productive when the Broncos needed it most. In 80 plate appearances leading off an inning, Glover reached base 45 times (.563). She hit .528 with runners in scoring position and when she came to the plate with a runner at third and less than two outs, Glover was a perfect 12-for-12 driving in the run.
"Tara had one of those seasons where you always knew she was going to come through for the team," Thorpe said. "I am so excited to watch her continue to develop over the next couple of years because I still believe she is coming into her own as a player."
Glover also looks forward to continued success with Boise State and the teammates she joined when she transferred from Utah prior to the 2011-12 academic year.
"A lot of credit goes to my teammates for keeping me going," Glover added. "This is a great sign of what we can accomplish as a team and having this on our résumé can keep us working hard and help propel us to even greater things next year."
For a complete list of the 2012 NFCA All-America teams, click HERE.