Three Bears Pick Up First-team All-Region Honors

May 18, 2006

BERKELEY - Senior pitcher Kristina Thorson, senior catcher Haley Woods and junior outfielder Alex Sutton have been voted onto the first team Pacific All-Region softball team.

'We're very pleased with the all-region selections,' Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. 'Kristina, Haley and Alex are very deserving. All the players had a tremendous season and are a big part of our program being so successful this year. They've been great leaders on the field.'

This is Thorson's third All-Region honors, as she was on the second team in both 2005 and 2004. Woods was also a second-team selection in 2005. This is Sutton's first All-Region recognition.

The All-Region honors come on the heels of All-Pac-10 selections. Thorson was voted conference pitcher of the year, and Woods was also selected for the first team. Sutton made the conference's second team.

The Bears open NCAA Regional play against Illinois State Friday at 7 p.m. CDT in Iowa City, Iowa. Cal is the top seed in the Iowa Regional and the 10th seed overall in the 64-team field.

All-Pacific Region Teams

First TeamKristina Thorson, California PitcherAnjelica Selden, UCLA PitcherHaley Woods, California CatcherAshley Charters, Washington First BaseCaitlin Benyi, UCLA Second BaseAndrea Duran, UCLA Third BaseKristie Fox, Arizona ShortstopKatie Cochran, Arizona State OutfielderCaitlin Lowe, Arizona OutfielderAlex Sutton, California OutfielderCatalina Morris, Stanford OutfielderStefanie Ewing, Oregon State Designated PlayerCambria Miranda, Oregon State Utility

Second TeamAlicia Hollowell, Arizona PitcherBrianne McGowan, Oregon State PitcherMandy Hill, Portland State PitcherLauren Lappin, Stanford CatcherDeAnn Young, Oregon State First BaseDominique Lastrapes, Washington Second BaseSarah Hyatt, Washington Third BaseJodie Legaspi, UCLA ShortstopAdrienne Alo, Oregon State OutfielderAutumn Champion, Arizona OutfielderHillaree Bennett, Loyola Marymount OutfielderN/A Designated PlayerLisa Dodd, UCLA Utility

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