Three Cardinal Earn NFCA All-West Region Honors
May 20, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The awards continued to pour in today for the Cardinal, as three Stanford softball players earned All-West Region honors as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Senior outfielder Alissa Haber was honored for a fourth year in a row, while sophomore infielder Ashley Hansen was recognized for a second straight season. Freshman pitcher Teagan Gerhart collected the first all-region recognition of her career.
All three players are now in contention to be 2010 All-Americans. Stanford has had at least one All-American every year since 1998, when Michele Acosta, Becky Blevins and Marcy Crouch became the first All-Americans in school history. Last season, Haber became Stanford's fifth player to earn three All-America honors, while senior pitcher Missy Penna earned her second career honor and Hansen became the sixth freshman All-American in school history.
Haber garners her fourth all-region award after being selected to the First Team, and becomes one of four players in school history to earn four all-region awards during their careers (others are Jessica Mendoza, Catalina Morris and Dana Sorenson).
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. She also ended the regular season leading the Pac-10 in hits and was the league leader in stolen bases in conference games (11).
Hansen is the 13th player in Cardinal history to earn multiple all-region honors, nabbing the second baseman slot on the Second Team. The sophomore 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. Just shy of the mid-point in her Stanford career, Hansen has already cracked the top-10 in the Cardinal record books with 42 doubles.
Gerhart is the 10th Stanford freshman to claim an all-region award, earning one of the two pitching spots on the Second Team. The rookie has already etched her name in the Cardinal record books. Her 11 shutouts ranks sixth all-time in program history, while her 22 victories and 173 strikeouts is 10th on the career lists. The Norco, Calif., native has made 36 appearances this season, thrown 18 complete game and recorded one save, while holding a 1.65 ERA. In mid-March she strung together three straight no-hitters starting with a perfect game. She is just the second player in school history to record three no-hitters in the same season.
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.
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