Seven Huskies Earn NFCA All-Region Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Seven different Huskies earned NFCA All-Region honors today, including five All-Region First Team awards. Gabbie Plain, Sis Bates, Morganne Flores, Baylee Klingler, and Sami Reynolds all were named to the All-Pacific Region First Team. Noelle Hee and SilentRain Espinoza earned Second Team honors.
This is the second year in a row that Washington has had five or more All-Region First Team honors. Washington has had at least six All-Region honors for seven straight years now and has had multiple All-Region honors for 12 straight years.
This is the fourth All-Region honor of Bates' career and third straight First Team honor. Now the three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bates is the first Husky to earn four All-Region awards in their career since Taran Alvelo. Her three First Team honors are the most by a Husky since Kaitlin Inglesby did so in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Flores also earned her fourth All-Region honor. Flores has earned Third Team in 2016, Second Team in 2017, and First Team in 2019 and now 2021. She is the first Husky catcher to earn All-Region honors since Shawna Wright, who did so in 2010.
The Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and a finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, Plain earned her third All-Region award and second First Team award. Plain joins Alvelo, Inglesby, Danielle Lawrie, Tia Bollinger, and Jennifer Spediacci as the only Husky pitchers to earn three or more All-Region awards in their careers.
Reynolds earned All-Region for the second year in a row, earning Third Team honors in 2019. Reynolds twice earned Pac-12 Player of the Week this year while mashing a career-high 11 home runs. She has set new career highs in runs, homers, and walks this season. Reynolds is the first Husky outfielder with multiple All-Region awards since Julia DePonte.
Espinoza also earned her second All-Region award. The junior earned Third Team honors in 2019 as a freshman. She has hit over .300 in every season of her career and has an OBP over .380 in each of her three seasons as a Husky.
For Klingler and Hee, this is the first All-Region award in their Husky careers. Hee has matched her career high in home runs with seven despite 49 fewer at-bats than her freshman season, when she also hit seven. She has a .441 on-base percentage, a career high and the fourth-best mark on the Huskies. Klingler leads the Pac-12 in runs scored and is third in RBI, becoming the first Husky since Ali Aguilar to score 50 runs and drive in 50 in the same season.
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