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GPC's Ezell named NJCAA All-American

Special Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. Georgia Perimeter College's Christina Ezell, who in two years at the school recorded 662 strikeouts to go with a 44-14 record, was named second-team All-America on Wednesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Special Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. Georgia Perimeter College's Christina Ezell, who in two years at the school recorded 662 strikeouts to go with a 44-14 record, was named second-team All-America on Wednesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

COVINGTON -- Georgia Perimeter College pitcher Christina Ezell on Wednesday received All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The sophomore from East Coweta High School -- who was named second-team All-America and has signed to continue her career at Jacksonville State (Ala.) -- went 21-8 with an 0.79 ERA and 328 strikeouts in 212 innings as the Jaguars went 30-13.

"When we saw her at her best, there was nobody better," GPC coach Ed Schutte said in a school news release. "She had a rise ball that we may never see at GPC again."

Ezell also recorded perfect games this spring against Walters State and East Georgia.

As a freshman, the right-hander went 23-6 with an 0.95 ERA and 334 strikeouts in 177 innings as GPC won the Region 17 tournament and advanced to nationals.

Ezell is just the second GPC player to earn All-America status. Outfielder Brittany Daniel was named third-team All-America in 2007 after hitting .517 for the Jaguars.

"It's a phenomenal honor, considering we didn't get to nationals," Schutte said. "She won the respect of a lot of coaches."

Ezell was also named MVP of Region 17 for the second consecutive year. She was joined on the All-Region team by shortstop Kacie Patterson (who prepped at Eagles Landing Christian Academy) and right fielder Kaitlyn Smith (who went to North Gwinnett).

Two other players from Georgia -- both from Darton College, which defeated GPC in the Region 17 tournament finals and advanced to nationals -- earned NJCAA All-America honors. Outfielder Jane Egiazarova was named to the second team and pitcher Katy Lewis, a freshman from Loganville, received third team honors.