April 12, 1987 |
Long Beach, California
|February 11, 2006, for the Florida Gators|
|June 3, 2009, for the Florida Gators|
|Earned run average||0.99|
Stacey Nelson (born April 12, 1987) is an American, former collegiate All-American, right-handed softball pitcher originally from Long Beach, California. She played for the Florida Gators softball team from 2006-2009, leading the University of Florida to its first Women's College World Series berth in 2008 and a national runner-up appearance in the 2009 Women's College World Series. Nelson was also the 13th pick in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch's draft by the defunct Washington Glory. Nelson pitched for the United States women's national softball team in 2009 and 2010 but now attends law school at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is a record holder for her school and in the NCAA Division I.
Nelson was born in Los Alamitos, California. She attended Los Alamitos High School, and was coached during her high school softball career by Jim Dolan. She set school records for career shutouts and single season strikeouts, while her high school won the Sunset League title all four years of her career. Her team were 2003 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Quarterfinalists and 2004 CIF Runners-up. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2004 & 2005. Nelson was named to the All-Sunset League and All-County team twice and named 2005 Sunset League Pitcher of the Year and Los Alamitos High School's Female Athlete of the Year.
Nelson began her career being put on the Southeastern Conference Freshman Team and setting a school record in season saves. In her sophomore year, Nelson was named to the second team for both the Southeastern Conference and the NFCA. She broke the school records for season wins, strikeouts and innings pitched, all remain top-5 marks; her ERA, shutouts and opponents batting average were and continue to be top-10 all-time. The wins are also 10th best for the conference.
As a junior, Nelson made the NFCA First Team and was awarded Southeastern Conference Pitcher of The Year. Earning a conference pitching Triple Crown, she also broke her own season records in wins (led NCAA and set the Junior Class record), strikeouts and innings, while her ERA also improved to the top of the school list. Her opponents average, shutouts and strikeout ratio still rank top-10. In the conference her wins, ERA and innings also remain top-10.
On February 27, Nelson tied and set a school and career single game record fanning 16 batters vs. the Long Beach State 49ers. Winning pitcher Brooke Turner matched the total for 32 combined strikeouts, a top-10 NCAA record. Beginning on March 13, with a 8-4 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Gator went on a 26 consecutive game win streak, snapped by the UCF Knights on May 18. Leading her team to a No. 1 seed, the Gators reached the Women's College World Series and responded to an opening loss with three wins to get to the semifinals where they were eventually eliminated by the Texas A&M Aggies on June 2. Nelson was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team.
For a final time Nelson was a NFCA First Team honoree and Southeastern Conference Pitcher of The Year. With a second conference Triple Crown and two no-hitters in tow, she set new school records in season ERA (tops in the NCAA), WHIP and shutouts, which gave her the all-time season Triple Crown for the school. Her wins, strikeouts, innings, strikeout ratio (career best 8.7) and opponents average are top-5 records. The ERA and wins rank fifth for a Southeastern Conference season.
In a February 20 win against the Arizona State Sun Devils, Nelson collected her 100th victory. On April 4-May 3, Nelson achieved a career best 51.1 consecutive scoreless inning streak. She was 11-0 over 12 games (6 complete), whiffing 66 and surrendering 24 hits and 8 walks. Later during that streak on April 26 and for one of her no-hitters, she also garnered the 1000th strikeout of her career, defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks. To reach that year's WCWS, she bested the Texas A&M Aggies on May 16 with a 14 strikeout performance in regulation for a career high. Repeating their previous tournament seeding, the team went undefeated in getting to the finals and Nelson pitched two shutouts before suffering back-to-back losses to eventual champions the Washington Huskies, concluding on June 2. She was again named All-Tournament for her efforts.
Nelson would graduate with and maintains the Florida career crown in wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts and innings pitched; her opponents average and strikeout ratio are top-5 all-time. Additionally, she ranks top-5 in all but the two latter categories for her conference. In the NCAA, her wins tie her at sixth place.
Awards & Honors
- 2007 - SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2007 - NFCA All-Southeast Region
- 2007 - NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American second team
- 2007 - Easton All-American Pitcher
- 2008 - SEC First Team
- 2008 - SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2008 - SEC Tournament MVP
- 2008 - NFCA All-Southeast Region
- 2008 - NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American first team
- 2008 - SEC Player of the Year
- 2008 - ESPN The Magazine Academic First-Team All-American
- 2008 - Easton All-American Pitcher
- 2009 - Top three-finalist for the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
- 2009 - SEC First-Team
- 2009 - SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2009 - NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American first team
- 2009 - ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year
- 2009 - SEC Pitcher of the Year
- 2009 - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
University of Florida
Nelson attended Loyola Law School from 2011-2014. She currently works at the Inspector General's Office in Los Angeles, C.A.
Her interest in child soldiers has grown into a project in northern Uganda. With the goal of creating jobs for those affected by the LRA War, Nelson is working to open a bread factory in Pader, Uganda.
- Independent Alligator interviews Nelson
- Sports Pundits discusses Stacey Nelson
- Gainesville Sun talks about Nelson's performance
- Nelson wins Ben Hill Griffin Award
- ESPN's Graham Hays profiles Stacey Nelson - Nelson carries stellar arm and a smile February 11, 2009
- Stacey Nelson Softball 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
- Sport's Illustrated On Campus Q&A Stacey Nelson May 30, 2008
- - NPF Holds 2009 Senior Draft Live on Internet
- - USA Softball #42 Stacey Nelson
- "Meet the Players" (PDF). GatorZone.com. 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-08.