Ashley Hansen Named NFCA National Player Of The Week

Feb. 17, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - In just her second collegiate weekend, freshman Ashley Hansen hit .667 with three triples and five extra-base hits, leading the Stanford softball team to a 4-0 record and two wins over ranked opponents. For her efforts, she nabbed the Cardinal's second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and was named the NFCA National Player of the Week.

Hansen is the fifth player in school history to earn the NFCA's national weekly honor, and the first since Lauren Lappin was recognized in April 2004. Hansen follows in the footsteps of four-time All-American Jessica Mendoza as the only Stanford freshman to garner a national weekly honor.

The Cardinal has won both of the Pac-10 Player of the Week awards so far and three of the four total honors, as junior catcher Rosey Neill and senior pitcher Missy Penna were recognized as the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, following the opening weekend.

Hansen hit .667 with 10 hits over 15 at-bats, including five for extra bases, three triples, a double and a three-run home run off of Long Beach State All-American Brooke Turner. While slugging 1.333, Hansen drove in nine Stanford runs over four games.

Hansen posted at least two hits in each of the four games, and scored in all four.

Against Long Beach State, the first of two ranked teams the Cardinal played, Hansen hit her three-run homer to break open a one-run game. She went 3-for-3 off the 49er All-American and drove in four runs. The next day against Utah State, the rookie hit two triples, including one with bases loaded, becoming just the third player in school history to hit two triples in one game. Against San Diego State, Stanford's second ranked opponent, Hansen was 2-for-4 with her third triple in 24 hours and two more RBI.

Stanford (8-1) opens the home season this week, hosting Sacramento State, Notre Dame and Western Kentucky in the Stanford Nike Invitational.

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