Stanford Lands Three On NFCA All-America Teams

May 27, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Three Cardinal softball players were named NFCA All-Americans when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its selections today. Senior pitcher Missy Penna and junior outfielder Alissa Haber earned spots on the first team, while freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen was awarded a spot on the second team.

The selections bring Stanford's total All-America award count to 27 honors spread over 14 players. It is the sixth time in school history, and first since 2005, that the program has had three honorees.

Penna and Haber become the fourth and fifth players in school history to be selected to a first team, joining Jessica Mendoza, Dana Sorensen and Sarah Beeson as members of the elite club. It is only the second time in program history that the Cardinal has had multiple first-team All-Americans (other was 2001).

Hansen is the sixth freshman All-American in school history, following in the footsteps of Mendoza (1999), Sorensen (2000), Catalina Morris (2003), Michelle Smith (2005) and Haber (2007).

Haber's honor was the third of her career, as she was a third-team honoree as both a freshman and sophomore. Haber joins Beeson, Sorensen and Morris as the only three-time All-Americans in school history, and has a chance to match Mendoza as the school's second four-time All-American next year.

The award was the second for Penna, who was a third-team honoree as a junior last season. She finishes her career as one of seven Cardinal players to earn multiple All-America awards.

Penna, the program's first USA Softball Top-10 Player of the Year Finalist, consistently ranked among the top 10 pitchers in the nation with 18 shutouts, 35 wins and 364 K's. She matched the previous conference record with five Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards this year, twice swept the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week awards and broke nearly every pitching record in the Stanford books. She finished her senior year with a 35-8 record and a 1.64 ERA and was the first active pitcher in the nation to reach 1,200 career K's.

For the third year in a row, Haber led Stanford in nearly every offensive category - batting average (.443), hits (89), doubles (26), runs (61), slugging percentage (.721) and on-base percentage (.507). The nation's double leader, Haber shattered the previous school record with 26 doubles over the course of the year. Her career-best batting average currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and among the top-15 nationally, and was the second-best single-season clip in school history. Along with Hansen, Haber became one of four players in program history to post an 80-hit season and came in just below Mendoza's 94-hit record.

Hansen, Stanford's second Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joined Haber as the first Stanford player other than Mendoza to post a .400 or better season. The Chandler, Ariz. native hit .400 and matched the third-best RBI total in school history with a team-high 55. Her 84 hits, 24 doubles, five triples and 46 runs were the most of any rookie in school history.

Penna, Haber and Hansen were three of the 14 All-Americans from the Pac-10 conference.