Pac-10 Announces Softball All-Conference Honors
May 13, 2009
ARIZONA STATE'S COCHRAN NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
WASHINGTON'S LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE YEAR
STANFORD'S HANSEN NAMED PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
STANFORD'S NEILL NAMED PAC-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S INOUYE-PEREZ NAMED PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- In a vote of the league's eight head coaches, ARIZONA STATE senior Kailtin Cochran was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, WASHINGTON junior Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, STANFORD freshman Ashley Hansen was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Stanford junior Rosey Neill was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and UCLA's Kelly Inouye-Perez was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Cochran, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., becomes only the second player in Pac-10 history to be named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in her freshman season and then go on to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. UCLA's Stacey Nuveman also accomplished the feat from 1997-2002. Cochran, who leads the nation with her .620 on-base percentage and ranks second nationally with her 0.977 slugging percentage, will conclude her collegiate career leaving an imprint on the Pac-10 record books. At the conclusion of the regular season, Cochran ranks third in Pac-10 history in both career runs scored (264) and walks (228), fifth in career batting average (.445), and seventh in career home runs hit (69).
Lawrie, a native of Langley, British Columbia, was dominant in the circle for Washington. The junior helped lead the Huskies to a Conference record of 14-7 and a second-place finish in the Pac-10, their best showing since 2000. After redshirtting the 2008 season to compete in the Beijing Olympics on the Canadian National Team, Lawrie returned to lead the Conference in every fashion. The Husky tops the Pac-10 pitching statistics, currently ranking first in ERA (0.78), opposing batting average (.123), innings pitched (260.0), strikeouts (398), wins (32) and shutouts (18). On April 29, 2009, throwing her second no hitter of the year, Lawrie became the first player in NCAA history to no-hit both Arizona and UCLA in the same season. In fact, no pitcher had no-hit both Pac-10 schools in a career.
Hansen started all 53 games at shortstop for the Cardinal, posting a team leading 48 RBI. The Chandler, Ariz., native leads the Pac-10 in triples with five and only is behind teammate Alissa Haber for most doubles hit in the season with 19. Hansen, one of the best rookie hitters in the League, leads all freshman in the Conference with 75 hits on the season and a .397 batting average. The freshman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16 for her impressive performance at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif. Hansen, in just her second collegiate weekend, went 10-of-15 from the plate, recording three triples, a double and a three run home run.
Neill, a native of Laguna Hills, Calif., has won her second-straight Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award. Fellow Cardinal Lauren Lappin is the only other player to win back-to-back honors since the award's inception in 2005. Starting all 53 games at catcher, Neill has thrown out seven runners and currently posts a .995 fielding percentage with 421 putouts in 442 chances. The junior has also been an offensive force for Stanford, leading the team in home runs with nine.
Inouye-Perez, in just her third season as the Bruins' head coach, led UCLA to its ninth Pac-10 title. The Bruins, who had started the Conference season 1-4, went on a tear winning the next 15 out of 16 games to claim the championship. In the stretch, UCLA recorded a nine-game winning streak with wins over then No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Arizona State and No. 9 Arizona. Inouye-Perez, whose Bruins earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, picks up her first-ever Pac-10 Coach of the year honor.
2009 ALL PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAM
Name Year Pos. School
Valerie Arioto So. P/1B California
Stacie Chambers So. C Arizona
Ashley Charters Sr. 2B Washington
Kaitlin Cochran Sr. OF Arizona State
Alissa Haber Jr. OF Stanford
Ashley Hansen Fr. SS Stanford
Amanda Kamekona Jr. 2B UCLA
Megan Langenfeld Jr. P/1B UCLA
Brittany Lastrapes So. OF Arizona
Danielle Lawrie Jr. P Washington
Jenae Leles Sr. 3B Arizona
Missy Penna Sr. P Stanford
Katie Schroeder So. OF UCLA
Kaila Shull Jr. C UCLA
Name Year Pos. School
K'Lee Arredondo Jr. SS Arizona
Samantha Banister Sr. 1B Arizona
Katelyn Boyd Fr. SS Arizona State
Neena Bryant Jr. OF Oregon
Kaylyn Castillo So. C Arizona State
GiOnna DiSavatore So. 1B/OF UCLA
Monica Harrison So. SS UCLA
Shannon Koplitz Sr. 3B Stanford
Jessica Mapes Sr. OF/DP Arizona State
Kimi Pohlman Fr. OF Washington
Jamia Reid Fr. OF California
Audrey Roderfeld So. C/DP Oregon State
Lesley Rogers So. OF Arizona State
Ashlyn Watson Sr. DP Washington
Sarah Akamine, Arizona; Alicia Blake, Washington; Julie Burney, UCLA; Maddy Coon, Stanford; Marissa Drewrey, California; Krista Donnenwirth, Arizona State; Stefanie Ewing, Oregon State; Lauren Greer, Washington; Andrea Harrison, UCLA; Sari Jane Jenkins, Oregon; Perelini Koria, Arizona; Marnie Koziol, Washington; Gina Leomiti, California; Paige Lowe, Oregon State; Rosey Neill, Stanford; Lauren Schutzler, Arizona; Vernae Sevilla, California; Morgan Stuart, Washington; Shannon Thomas, California; DeAnn Young, Oregon State.
2009 PACIFIC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name Pos. School
Kristen Arriola 2B Arizona
Hillary Bach P Arizona State
Katelyn Boyd SS Arizona State
Maya Burns OF Stanford
Ashley Hansen SS Stanford
Andrea Harrison OF UCLA
Sarah Hassman OF Stanford
Perelini Koria DP Arizona
Kimi Pohlman OF Washington
Elia Reid OF California
Jamia Reid OF California
Ashley Sanchez OF Oregon State
Samantha Skillingstad P Oregon
Niki Williams 1B/3B Washington
Karissa Buchanan, Arizona; Nikki Chandler, Oregon State; Frani Echavarria, California; Paige Hall, Oregon State; Felicia Harris, Washington; Dani Yudin, UCLA.
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