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Amber Patton Earns Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Honors

CHICAGO DePaul junior third baseman Amber Patton was named a Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American today.

Patton, who earned second-team honors at third base, became the program's 22nd All-American. The junior from Forsyth, Illinois wrapped up her third consecutive team batting title after leading the Blue Demons and the BIG EAST Conference with .403 average.  Patton tallied a school record and conference-best 87 hits on the season, while her 216 at bats also set a school record.

A first team All-BIG EAST selection at third, Patton recorded 158 assists and 69 putouts for an impressive .970 fielding percentage.

Known for her speed and smart base running, Patton also tallied a team-best 14 stolen bases.

The Blue Demons finished the 2008 season with a 51-18 overall record and won the school's first ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship.  DePaul also made its 13th NCAA Championship appearance and reached the Championship game of the Evanston Regional.