Five Softball Players Earn All-Pacific-10 Honors

May 19, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Oregon State University softball players earned All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition on Wednesday, as was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Sophomores Vanessa Iapala and Adrienne Alo were named second team All-Pac-10 selections, while senior Monica Hoffman, junior Kelly Petersen and freshman Mia Longfellow garnered honorable mention accolades.

Iapala, a first baseman from San Diego, CA, has led the Beavers throughout the season in multiple offensive categories. She boasts a team-best .349 batting average, 68 hits, 44 RBI and 14 doubles. Iapala needs just five more RBI to break the Oregon State single season mark. As a sophomore, she already ranks in the OSU career Top 10 in three different batting categories.

Alo, an outfielder from Carson, CA, earns the second Pac-10 accolades of her career after picking up honorable mention honors as a freshman. Alo leads the team with 41 runs scored on the season - tying the OSU single season mark. She ranks second on the squad with 11 doubles and 12 stolen bases.

A three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Hoffman, a pitcher from Vancouver, WA, leads the Beavers with 19 victories on the season. She broke the school record for single season strikeouts (247) last week and earlier this season broke the OSU career record for saves (11).

Petersen, a shortstop from San Diego, CA, earned back-to-back honorable mention Pac-10 accolades after ranking second on the team in runs scored (39) and sacrifices (11), while boasting a .291 batting average.

Longfellow, an outfielder from Ramona, CA, ranks second on the team with a .318 batting average. She broke the Oregon State single season stolen bases record (15) and her 17 sacrifices on the year are just four shy of a new school record.

University of Washington catcher Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, while University of Arizona's Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe, picked up Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year honors, respectively. Stanford University's John Rittman was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

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