Carmen Paez, FGCU

Softball

In her two years at FGCU, Paez became one of the school's most decorated student-athletes at the Division I and Division II levels. Paez is FGCU career record holder for batting average (.430), slugging percentage (.934) and OPS (1.521), while she racked up a plethora of accolades during her time in Fort Myers including the 2007 D-II National Player of the Year, 2007 South Region Player of the Year, 2008 ASUN Player of the Year, 2008 NFCA National Player of the Year Semifinalist, 2008 Southeast All-Region First Team and 2008 Academic All-District Second Team.

In her initial season in 2007, Paez set D-II records with 28 home runs and 80 RBIs en route to being named the South Region and D-II National Player of the Year as the Eagles went 62-8. In her one year at the D-I level and in the ASUN, Paez was named the 2008 ASUN Player of the Year after hitting 22 home runs and leading FGCU to a share of the league regular season title. Despite only spending two seasons in Fort Myers, Paez sits second with 50 home runs, third with 126 walks, fourth with 148 RBIs and ninth with 134 runs.

A three-time ASUN Player of the Week in her senior season, she led the nation with an on-base percentage of .638 as she racked up a league record 84 walks; seventh-most in NCAA history. Her .928 slugging percentage that season ranked second in the NCAA as she also earned recognition as the FGCU Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She started every game in her FGCU career as the Eagles posted a 110-24 record. Paez graduated from FGCU with a Criminal Justice degree and played briefly in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the New England Riptide.