Thirteen Pac-12 softball players named NFCA All-Americans
SAN FRANCISCO - Thirteen Pac-12 softball players earned NFCA Division I All-American recognition, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. The 13 selections were the second-most of any conference in the nation, and marked the 25th-consecutive year that the Pac-12 has had 10 or more All-Americans, with a league high of 17 in 2001 and 2004.
Among the NFCA’s first-team honorees were two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year Ally Carda of UCLA, two-time Pitcher of the Year Cheridan Hawkins of OREGON, and 2015 Batting Champion Allexis Bennett of UCLA. Joining the trio on the first team was Arizona State’s Amber Freeman, the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year.
The league had seven second-team honorees, the most since seven in 2004 and second-most in Conference history after the Pac-12 saw eight second-team honorees in 2000. Players named to the second team included Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jenna Lilley of Oregon and fellow Duck Janie Takeda. UCLA also had two second-team selections in Delaney Spaulding and Stephany LaRosa. Rounding out the second-team selections for the Pac-12 were STANFORD’s Kayla Bonstrom, CALIFORNIA’s Cheyenne Cordes and ARIZONA’s Chelsea Goodacre.
The Wildcats had the two third-team selections for the Conference, as shortstop Kellie Fox and outfielder Katiyana Mauga took home third-team honors.
P Cheridan Hawkins, ORE
OF Allexis Bennett, UCLA
UT/Non-P or DP Amber Freeman, ASU
At-Large UT/P Ally Carda, UCLA
1B Kayla Bonstrom, STAN
3B Jenna Lilley, ORE
SS Delaney Spaulding, UCLA
OF Cheyenne Cordes, CAL
OF Janie Takeda, ORE
At-Large C Chelsea Goodacre, ARIZ
At-Large DP/UT Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
SS Kellie Fox, ARIZ
OF Katiyana Mauga, ARIZ