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All-American infielder Janae Jefferson to represent Texas on Team USA's roster this summer

Texas infielder Janae Jefferson enters her final season already as Longhorns softball's career leader in hits and batting average. Texas, which made it to the super regionals last season, opens its 2022 season next month.

This summer, Texas senior Janae Jefferson will be wearing red, white and blue instead of burnt orange.

It was announced on Friday that Jefferson has earned a spot on the roster for the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Team USA will compete in the 2022 World Games, which will take place this July in Birmingham, Ala.

A 5-foot-4 infielder, Jefferson participated in a four-day tryout at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this month. Jefferson, Florida infielder Charla Echols, Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts, Oklahoma catcher Kinzie Hansen and LSU infielder Taylor Pleasants are the only college athletes on the 15-player roster. 

Jefferson becomes the sixth Longhorn to make the national team. She was preceded by Cat Osterman (2001-10, 2019-21), Christa Williams (1996-2000), Lindsay Gardner (2001-02), Taylor Hoagland (2011-15) and Taylor Thom (2013). 

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This spring, Jefferson will attempt to join Osterman as the softball program's only four-time All-Americans. A fifth-year senior, Jefferson is already UT's all-time leader in hits (270) and batting average (.431).

Texas is set to open its 2022 season on Feb. 11. The Longhorns went 43-14 and reached the super regionals last season.