Neill Wins Third Straight Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award
May 19, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior catcher Rosey Neill nabs her third consecutive Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award, today, when the conference announced its postseason awards. The Cardinal had six players honored, with Neill becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to garner the top defensive honor in the league three times.
Stanford's two All-Americans, senior outfielder Alissa Haber and sophomore infielder Ashley Hansen, were named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, while senior infielder Shannon Koplitz was named to the Second Team. Freshmen Teagan Gerhart and Jenna Rich were both selected to the All-Freshmen team, and were joined by Neill as Honorable Mention All-Conference picks.
For the past three seasons, Neill has been tabbed the Pac-10's best defensive player. Stanford's catcher has accumulated 306 putouts, caught two runners stealing and made just two errors in 318 chances. Currently, her .994 fielding percentage this season is a career high, and her .993 career fielding percentage is second all-time in program history. Stanford has now collected five of the six Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year awards since the conference began handing them out in 2005.
The Laguna Hills, Calif., native also received Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive year, marking her third career All-Pac-10 award (First Team in 2008).
Haber will end her career as the 14th player in school history to be a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, and joins three of the best players in program history (Jessica Mendoza, Lauren Lappin and Dana Sorenson) as the school's only players to earn first team honors three times during their time on The Farm. For a fourth straight season, Haber leads the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category - batting average (.442), hits (72), runs (47), triples (2), slugging percentage (.644), on-base percentage (.531) and stolen bases (22). The Newark, Calif., native's batting average was second in the Pac-10 and among the top-15 nationally. Last weekend, Haber recorded her 71st career double, breaking Mendoza's eight-year-old record.
Hansen, a Chandler, Ariz., native, earns her second straight first team honors, after being named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009. The infielder leads the nation with six sacrifice flies and the Pac-10 with 18 doubles. She carries a .339 batting average and is second on the team with 56 hits, 41 runs scored and 37 RBI.
Koplitz, who is having the best hitting season of her career, was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team for a second straight season. The New Orleans, La., native is hitting .345 this year and has already cracked the career top-10 at Stanford in RBI (127), triples (8), runs scored (114), walks (91), batting average (.298) and slugging percentage (.470). It marks the third career conference honor for Koplitz, as she was an honorable mention pick as a freshman utility player in 2007.
Gerhart and Rich both pick up their first career accolades as members of the all-freshmen team and honorable mention all-conference. Highlights of Gerhart's debut season include throwing three straight no-hitters starting with a perfect game in March, sweeping the national player of the week honors and hitting a grand slam and tallying five RBI against UC Davis in early April. The Norco, Calif., native's 11 shutouts already ranks sixth all-time at Stanford, while her 22 victories and 173 strikeouts are 10th-best amongst Cardinal players.
Rich has been fantastic in her rookie debut. A native of El Segundo, Calif., Rich leads Stanford with 12 home runs and 46 RBI while hitting .331. The short stop has tallied 56 hits, 10 doubles and two triples while posting a .627 slugging percentage. She has also seen time in the circle for the Cardinal, recording six starts in 12 appearances. She threw her first career complete-game shutout against Arizona State on May 1.
UCLA's Megan Langenfeld earned the Pac-10 Player of the Year award, while Washington's Danielle Lawrie was named Pitcher of the Year for a second straight season. Oregon's Samantha Pappas was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Washington's Heather Tarr earned her first Coach of the Year honor.
Stanford opens the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Friday night at home against Texas Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium, with play continuing Saturday and Sunday.