Stanford Nabs Four Spots On All-Pacific Region Teams
May 14, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Four Stanford players were among 25 regional honorees when the 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region Teams were announced today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Sophomore outfielder Alissa Haber, junior shortstop Maddy Coon and sophomore catcher Rosey Neill were named to the first team, while junior pitcher Missy Penna was named to the second team.
Accounting for a quarter of the 12-player field, Stanford's three first-team picks were second only to Pac-10 Champion Arizona State's five selections. The three first-team selections matched the most in school history, a feat also accomplished in 1999 and 2001.
Haber, one of three outfielders named to the first team, was a second-team all-region pick as a rookie last season. The Newark, Calif. native leads the Cardinal with a .380 batting average and a .468 on-base percentage, while distinguishing herself as one of two Pac-10 players with 70 or more hits. Haber also paces the Cardinal with 44 runs and 15 doubles, both marks that rank among the top-10 single-season totals in school history.
Neill, voted the top catcher in one of the nation's most competitive regions, was recognized on an all-region team for the first time in her career. The sophomore is hitting .348 on the year with a Pac-10 best 18 homeruns, one short of the school record. Neill also paces Stanford with 49 RBI and is one of the nation's best power hitters with a .732 slugging percentage. Neill has thrown out 11 runners this season, picked off three, caught three no-hitters and leads the league with 465 putouts.
Coon was deemed the top shortstop in the region, garnering all-region honors for the first time in her career. Coon is batting .281 and set a new school record this season with 47 walks. Her .456 on-base percentage is one of the best in the conference, and her eight homeruns and 12 doubles both rank second on the team. Her .943 fielding percentage ranks among the best of the conference's middle infielders.
Penna was named to the second team for the second consecutive year, after setting school records for single-season strikeouts (372) and wins (34). Penna, the Pac-10 win leader, has thrown more innings this season than any pitcher in the league, stands second in the conference in strikeouts and ranks fourth in both ERA (1.10) and opposing average (.160).
All four players are now in contention to be 2008 All-Americans. Stanford has had at least one All-American every year since 1998 when Michele Acosta, Becky Blevins and Marcy Crouch became the first All-Americans in school history. Last season, Haber was named Stanford's 12th All-American after leading the team in nearly every offensive category as a rookie.
Stanford meets Lehigh in its first game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at the Amherst Regional hosted by the University of Massachusetts.