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GAINESVILLE – Santa Fe sophomore pitcher/first baseman Karla Claudio was recently honored by the Florida College Activities Association and the Mid-Florida Conference for her stellar play during her sophomore campaign.

The FCSAA coaches voted her First Team All-State and the Pitcher of the Year for her efforts in the circle.  In 2013 Claudio has piled up 203 strikeouts and 316 for her career, putting her in third place behind Colena Lazar (597) and SF Athletics Hall of Famer Rachel Foster (423).  Her 26 wins have her tied for 12th in Santa Fe history.

In addition to the state awards, the MFC named her to the All-Conference First Team and the Pitcher of the Year. 

Claudio not only does her damage in the circle, but also with her bat. On April 18 against Daytona State College, she hit two homeruns, giving her 23 for her career, eclipsing Gia Tomossone’s 22 to set a new school record.  In addition to the homerun record, she has the new base on balls record.  Through April 18 Claudio has 62 career walks, putting her 5 ahead of Erika Garcia’s 57, set in 2008-09.

She is currently 14th in career hits (118), tied for 9th in doubles (22), 15th in runs scored (72), and 5th in career batting average (.423).

“Karla is an extremely talented softball player,” said SF Coach Chris Ahern.  “She is strong as an athlete, and has a mental toughness to match.  She was already a top notch corner infielder and she has grown tremendously as a pitcher, having great outings all season.  Her bat is among the best we’ve had the pleasure to have here at SF.  We are proud of her accomplishments and look forward to more of the same when she joins the University of South Florida Bulls next year.  I think it probably goes without saying, but we are going to miss Karla a lot!”