Pac-12 announces 2017 Softball All-Conference honors


UTAH’S HANNAH FLIPPEN, ARIZONA’S KATIYANA MAUGA NAMED CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA’S DANIELLE O’TOOLE VOTED PITCHER OF THE YEAR

FLIPPEN TABBED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 AND PAC-12 BATTING CHAMPION
UCLA’s RACHEL GARCIA VOTED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

ARIZONA’S MIKE CANDREA SELECTED AS COACH OF THE YEAR


SAN FRANCISCO – The 2017 Pac-12 Softball All-Conference honors, including All-Pac-12, All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams, were announced today by the Conference office. In a vote of the Conference’s head coaches, UTAH’s Hannah Flippen and ARIZONA’s Katiyana Mauga have been named the 2017 Pac-12 Softball Co-Players of the Year. Arizona senior Danielle O’Toole was voted Pitcher of the Year. Flippen also garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors and was crowned the Pac-12 Softball Batting Champion. UCLA’s Rachel Garcia was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Arizona head coach Mike Candrea was voted Coach of the Year.

Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Batting Champion – Hannah Flippen, Utah
Flippen earned the Conference’s Player of the Year honors once again after leading the Utes to a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12 with a .424 batting average throughout the regular season to also become the Pac-12 Softball Batting Champion. Flippen is a 2016 First Team NFCA All-Pacific Region and ranks in the top five Conference standings in slugging percentage (.764), on base percentage (.515), and stolen bases (11).

Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year – Katiyana Mauga, Arizona
Senior Mauga earned Pac-12 Player of the Year after leading the Wildcats to their first Conference title and highest NCAA tournament seed since 2007. Mauga is approaching history with 22 home runs so far this season and 89 in her career, breaking the school record and only four shy of the NCAA record held by Oklahoma’s Lauren Chaimberlain. She earned Pac-12 player of the week four times this season.

Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year – Danielle O’Toole, Arizona
O’Toole earns Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year with a 27-4 record, posting 191 strikeouts in 195.1 innings of work to lead the Wildcats to a Conference championship and a No. 2 NCAA Tournament seed. She earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice this season bringing her career total to six weekly awards and is a two-time first-team all-Pac-12, Arizona’s first, first-team all-Pac-12 pitcher since 2010.

Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Rachel Garcia, UCLA
Rachel Garcia led the Bruins to a fourth place finish and a No. 5 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Garcia owns a 18-7 record with 154.2 games pitched and 161 strikeouts. She earned Conference honors four times this season, including twice where she garnered both pitcher and freshman of the week.

Pac-12 Coach of the Year – Mike Candrea, Arizona
Arizona’s Mike Candrea re-wrote the history books this season recording his 1,500 career win earlier in the season. Candrea is the fastest coach in NCAA history, in any sport, in any division, to reach 1,500 career wins. He led the Wildcats to their first Conference title since 2007, finishing the season 18-6 in Conference play, and a No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. 

2017 PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
FIRST TEAM

Name Position Year School
Ali Aguilar IF Sr. Washington
Taran Alvelo P So. Washington 
Maggie Balint RHP Fr. Oregon
Hannah Flippen IF Sr. Utah
Rachel Garcia  P Fr. UCLA
Chelsea Gonzales SS Sr. Arizona State 
Jessie Harper IF Fr. Arizona
Madeline Jelenicki  C/1B Jr. UCLA 
Megan Kleist RHP So. Oregon 
Katiyana Mauga  3B Sr. Arizona 
Danica Mercado  IF Sr. Oregon
Mo Mercado SS Sr. Arizona
Danielle O'Toole  P Sr. Arizona 
Sashel Palacios  C Sr. Arizona State 
Kylee Perez IF Jr. UCLA
Mandie Perez  OF Sr. Arizona 
Delaney Spaulding  IF Sr. UCLA 
Casey Stangel OF Sr. Washington 
Nikki Udria IF Sr. Oregon 
Miranda Viramontes  P Jr. Utah

SECOND TEAM
11 players instead of 10 due to a tie in voting

Name Position Year School
Alyssa Barrera OF Fr. Utah
Katie Donovan P Jr. Utah
Alysha Everett IF Jr. Oregon State 
Ashleigh Hughes  2B Jr. Arizona 
Jazmyn Jackson  U Jr. California 
Alexis Mack IF So. Oregon
Taylor McQuillin  P So. Arizona 
Bubba Nickles  P/IF Fr. UCLA 
Alyssa Palomino  OF Fr. Arizona 
Kylie Sorenson  IF Sr. Stanford 
Anissa Urtez  SS Sr. Utah

THIRD TEAM

Name Position Year School
McKenna Arriola SS Jr. Oregon State 
Taylor Becerra IF So. Arizona State
Mia Camuso IF Fr. Oregon
Reyna Carranco U Fr. Arizona
Taylor Cotton P Sr. Oregon State 
Natalie Hampton IF Sr. Oregon State 
Breanna Macha RHP Jr. Arizona State 
Kylie Reed  IF Sr. California
Lindsay Rood IF So. California 
Gwen Svekis  C Jr. Oregon

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
10 players instead of 9 due to tie in voting

Name Position Year School
Ali Aguilar IF Sr. Washington 
Hannah Flippen IF Sr. Utah
Mo Mercado SS Sr. Arizona
Bessie Noll OF Sr. Stanford
Danielle O'Toole P Sr. Arizona 
Kylee Perez IF Jr. UCLA
Sashel Palacios C Sr. Arizona State 
Kylie Sorenson IF Sr. Stanford 
Delaney Spaulding IF Sr. UCLA 
Nikki Udria  IF Sr. Oregon

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name Position School
Maggie Balint RHP Oregon 
Alyssa Barrera OF Utah
Sis Bates IF Washington
Mia Camuso IF Oregon
Reyna Carranco U Arizona 
Miranda Elish RHP Oregon 
Rachel Garcia P UCLA
Jessie Harper IF Arizona 
Giselle Juarez LHP Arizona State 
Kelly Martinez C/3B Utah
Dejah Mulipola C Arizona 
Bubba Nickles P/IF UCLA 
Alyssa Palomino OF Arizona 
Shannon Rhodes  IF Oregon
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