All Eight Pac-10 Squads Represented on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region Teams
May 20, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced today the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring student athletes from the 10 NFCA regions, and 13 Pac-10 athletes earned spots on the Pacific Region's first and second teams and 13 earned spots on the West Region's first and second teams. The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams.
Arizona led the way with six selections in the West Region, three on the first team and three on the second team. Freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler earned first team honors after garnering a record of 31-6 and team-low ERA of 1.22. The Tucson, Ariz., native is also a top-ten finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Redshirt junior catcher Stacie Chambers was named to the first team for the second time in her career. A native of Glendale, Ariz., Chambers heated up in Conference play, leading the Pac-10 and her team with 26 RBI. Brittany Lastrapes, a junior outfielder earned her second-straight first team NFCA West Region selection. Arizona's only first team NFCA All-American in 2009, the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native led the Pac-10 with 58 runs scored. The Wildcats' three selections on the second team included freshman UTIL Brigette Del Ponte, senior K'Lee Arredondo and junior outfielder Lauren Schutzler. Arizona is set to host its first NCAA Regional since 2007, and the Cats will face Cornell in their first game.
Pac-10 Champion Washington had a school-record five players named to the NFCA Pacific Region First Team. Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Danielle Lawrie, was named to the first team for the third time in her career. The reigning USA Softball Player of the Year and top-ten finalist for this season's award, she holds a 35-2 record this season and broke the Pac-10 career strikeout records, fanning 1,772 batters. Lawrie's battery mate, freshman catcher Shawna Wright was named to the first team after batting .350, driving in 50 runs and throwing out 12 base runners. Junior shortstop Jenn Salling was named to the first team for the first time in her Husky career. The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native leads the squad in runs (47), walks (35) and on base percentage (.492). She has also been sure-handed in the field, making just five errors in 124 chances. Sophomore utility Niki Williams earned a first-team nod after hitting .349, with 10 home runs and 44 RBI for the Huskies. Kimi Pohlman, a sophomore from Sammamish, Wash., earned her second-career first team nod, after leading the squad with a .385 batting average, with 65 hits and four triples. The Huskies will look to defend their NCAA crown, with regional play beginning this weekend. Washington will host, facing North Dakota State in its first game.
Three Golden Bears earned first team Pacific Region honors, beginning with pitcher/utility Valerie Arioto. The Pleasanton, Calif., native earned her second-straight All-Pacific Region first team honor after leading the squad with a team-low 1.56 ERA in the circle and hitting .349 at the plate, with 53 RBI. The junior is a top-ten finalist for this season's USA Softball Player of the Year Award. Freshman pitcher Jolene Henderson earned first team honors after garnering an 18-9 record with 174 strikeouts. Sophomore outfielder Jamia Reid, the Pac-10 leader with 45 stolen bases was named to the first team for the second-straight season. Infielder Shannon Thomas represented California on the second team after hitting .331 with 20 RBI as a senior. The Bears will travel to Columbus, Ohio for NCAA Regional action, facing Bucknell in their first game.
Stanford garnered three All-West Region honorees, with senior outfielder Alissa Haber representing the Cardinal on the first team. Haber was honored for a fourth year in a row, after leading the squad in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.442), hits (72) and runs (47). A native of Newark, Calif., Haber broke the Stanford career doubles record, with 71. Sophomore second baseman Ashley Hansen was named to the second team after leading the Pac-10 with 18 doubles. Freshman pitcher Teagan Gerhart was named to the second team, becoming only the 10th Stanford freshman to claim an all-region award, after compiling a 22-6 record in 36 appearances and setting a school record with three no-hitters in a row. The Cardinal will begin NCAA Regional play by hosting Texas Tech on Friday.
The Ducks' freshman outfielder Samantha Pappas was named to the first team All-Pacific Region. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Pappas leads the squad with a .392 batting average and has knocked in 46 runs. The Las Flores, Calif., native ranks in the top-10 all-time for Oregon in a season in RBI (46), slugging (.667) and home runs (11). Pitcher Jessica Moore, was named to the second team after having a stellar freshman campaign, finishing the season with a 14-11 record and a team-low 1.87 ERA. The Ducks are back in postseason play in 2010, and are set to face Auburn in their first regional game in Atlanta, Ga.
Arizona State was represented in the West Region by first teamer Katelyn Boyd. The sophomore infielder was an offensive force for the Sun Devils, leading the team with a .403 batting average and 47 RBI. The squad is set to travel to Amherst, Mass., to play Boston University in its first regional matchup.
Freshman utility Lea Cavestany of Oregon State, represented the Beavers on the All-Pacific Region Second Team. Cavestany, a Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection, led the Beavers at the plate with a .350 batting average, racking up a team-leading 56 hits, including 11 doubles and two triples.