University of Central Arkansas softball players Kasey Britt and Melanie Bryant have been named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-South Region First Team.

Both players will now be eligible for the NFCA All-America Teams, which will be announced June 1.    

"This is a great compliment for UCA softball," UCA coach David Kuhn said. "Both are deserving of this honor and its great to be recognized by our peers."    

Britt, a junior utility player from Florence, Miss., was a second team all-region selection last year and was named to the All-Southland Conference First Team this season. She ranked seventh in the league with a .350 batting average and was first in doubles (16), second in RBI (44) third in total bases (104), fourth in home runs (10) and seventh in hits (56). Britt also set a school record with a perfect fielding percentage.    

"Kasey is a great athlete, being able to play first base, left field and center field so well," Kuhn said. "She is a tremendous clutch hitter and one of the best players to come through our program."    

Bryant, a catcher from Hernando, Miss., was the Southland Conference Hitter of the Year this season and a First Team All-SLC selection. She set a school record with a .429 batting average, that also led the Southland and ranked 26th in the nation. Bryant led the league in hits (70), second in total bases (104), fifth in RBI (37) and seventh in home runs (8).    

"This is a tremendous honor for Melanie," Kuhn said. "She plays a very tough position and is a tough player. Not only is she is an outstanding catcher, she is also an excellent hitter. She has a huge heart and great work ethic."