Twelve Pac-10 Softball Players Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans
June 4, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-10 leads the way with 10 first-team honorees and two second teamers, as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America teams. Overall the Pac-10 had the most selections with 10 of 18 first team picks. ARIZONA had the most honorees of any school with four total selections, while WASHINGTON led with three first team picks. UCLA had two first teamers, and ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA and STANFORD each had one.
Washington led the way with three first team selections, including USA Softball Player of the Year and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Danielle Lawrie, who was one of three pitchers named to the first team. The Langley, B.C., native earned the honor of All-American for the second-straight season. Lawrie is 40-4 with 483 strikeouts. She is joined by junior Jenn Salling, who was named to the first team as a shortstop. She is batting .346 with six homers and 33 runs batted in. She also leads the team with 41 walks and four triples, while committing only six errors in the field. Sophomore Niki Williams made the first team as a utility/non-pitcher designated player. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native primarily plays in the outfield, and is hitting .345 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
Arizona freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler was named to the first team and is the first Wildcat freshman to earn first-team honors since 2004. Fowler holds a 34-7 record, a team-low 1.37 ERA and 327 strikeouts in 250.2 innings pitched. Junior Brittany Lastrapes made the first team as an outfielder for the second-straight year. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native batted .406 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI. Junior first baseman Stacie Chambers was named to the second team after earning third team honors in 2009. She drove in 67 RBI and blasted 17 home runs while batting .360. Senior shortstop K’Lee Arredondo was named to the second team for the first time in her career. Arredondo, also a CoSida/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, hit .379 this season with 35 RBI.
The Pac-10 Player of the Year, UCLA senior first baseman/pitcher Megan Langenfeld earned her second-straight first team honor and third All-American award of her career. Langenfeld led the Conference with a .517 batting average and tallied 53 RBI. In the circle, she has an 12-1 record with a 1.19 ERA. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore was named to the first team at the at-large/second baseman position for her second-career first team All-American honor. She led the Bruins with 51 RBI while batting .394.
California junior Valerie Arioto was named to the first team as an at-large utility/pitcher. The Pleasanton, Calif., native boasted a 1.43 ERA with a 21-9 overall record, fanning 264 batters in 205.2 innings of work. At the plate, she paced the Bears with a .590 on-base percentage and a .819 slugging percentage. Her 19 home runs this year tied the all-time single-season home run record for the Bears.
Stanford senior outfielder Alissa Haber was named to the first team for the second-straight season, becoming just the second Cardinal player to earn All-American honors all four years of her career. For a fourth-straight season, Haber led the Cardinal in every offensive category- batting average (.446), hits (78), runs (50), triples (2), slugging percentage (.667), on-base percentage (.529) and stolen bases (23). The Newark, Calif., native was also named an Academic All-American by CoSida/ESPN the Magazine.
Arizona State sophomore shortstop Katelyn Boyd was named to the first team after leading the Sun Devils with a .415 batting average, 48 RBI and 15 home runs. The Phoenix, Ariz., native was second in the Conference with 132 total bases and third with a .546 on-base percentage. This is Boyd’s first career All-American selection.
UCLA is set to play Hawaii at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, June 4 on ESPN at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Arizona and Washington will matchup in an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 5 on ESPN.