Blake, Williams Named Second Team All-Pac-10
May 15, 2008
SEATTLE - Six Washington softball players have earned Pac-10 All-Conference honors it was announced on Wednesday, highlighted by the selection of Alicia Blake and Jace Williams to the second team. Williams was also named to the all-freshman team along with Aleah Macon.
Blake, a junior catcher from Yelm, Wash., earned her first all-conference honor. She is second on the team in batting with a .346 average and also is tied for the team lead in doubles (12) and home runs (6). She threw out a career-high 16 runners this season, which led the conference.
Williams made an immediate impact in her inaugural season with the Huskies, batting .519 over her first nine games played. The freshman from Encinitas, Calif. has paced the team in batting much of the season and currently is hitting .347 with 12 doubles and 34 RBI.
Four UW players were named honorable mention All-Pac-10, including sophomores Amanda Fleischman and Bailey Stenson, and freshmen Morgan Stuart and Macon. This was the first conference honors for all four players.
Fleischman is currently sixth in the conference with 16 stolen bases and is hitting. 300, while Stenson is seventh in the Pac-10 with 63 hits and is batting .344 with seven doubles.
Stuart, who was also named an honorable mention all-freshman team pick, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 11 after earning MVP honors at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Hawaii. She led the tournament with 12 RBI while batting .526 with two doubles and two home runs. She currently leads the UW with 37 RBI and is batting .289.
Macon is sixth in the Pac-10 with 250 strikeouts and ninth in opponent batting average (.209). In Pac-10 games, Macon had a conference-best 49 batters struck out looking.
She had some of her best performances against the nation's top teams, including a complete-game shutout of then-No. 1 Arizona State on April 13. She has struck out a career-high 12 batters on three different occasions.
In all, 14 players were named to both the first and second teams, as well as to the all-freshman team. The Huskies had the second-most players selected to the all-freshman team.
Arizona State swept almost every award, led by the selections of Kaitlin Cochran as Player of the Year and Katie Burkhart as Pitcher of the Year. Both were repeat winners. ASU coach Clint Meyers was named Coach of the Year, while the Sun Devils Krista Donnenwirth was Newcomer of the Year and Mindy Cowles shared the Defensive Player of the Year with Stanford's Rosey Neill.
The Huskies are currently in Houston, Texas where they are set to play in the NCAA tournament for the 15th-straight season. Washington faces Texas at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday in their opening game.
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