Charters Named Top Oregon Female Amateur Athlete
Feb. 1, 2010
SEATTLE - Former Washington softball All-American Ashley Charters was named the Bill Hayward Award winner as Oregon's top female amateur athlete at Sunday's Oregon Sports Awards, held at the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Campus in Beaverton.
Charters, a three-time All-American for the Huskies, led Washington to its first-ever softball National Championship last year. She batted .476 in the Women's College World Series, going 10-for-21 with five runs, three RBI, a double, triple and home run. Her 10 hits tied for the Series lead and her 16 total bases were two shy of a World Series record. She was at her best when the Huskies needed her most, going 7-for-10 over the final three games as the Huskies staved off elimination with a 9-3 win over Georgia in the semifinals, then swept then-No. 1 Florida, two-games-to-none, in the best-of-three championship series.
Her senior season capped an incredible career in which she graduated as the Huskies' all-time leader in stolen bases and triples. She set career highs her final year in nearly every category, including average (.447), runs (65), hits (96), doubles (10), triples (6), home runs (9), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.647), on base percentage (.508) and stolen bases (37). Her 96 hits established a new UW single-season record that had been held since 1993 and her .447 average and six triples ranked second all-time.
The awards and honors came rolling in as the season came to a close, with the Beaverton, Ore., native being named First Team All-American, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Pac-10. She was also drafted with the 11th overall pick and the first pick of the third round by the Rockford Thunder in the National Pro Fastpitch draft and was later named to the U.S. National Team, playing for the Red, White in Blue in three tournaments last summer.
Charters joined Nebraska defensive lineman and Heisman Trophy finalist Ndamukong Suh in earning Amateur Athlete of the Year honors. Former Husky basketball star and current Portland Trailblazer's all-star Brandon Roy was named Harry Glickman Professional Athletes of the Year.