Three Huskies Named All-Americans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Washington's Gabbie Plain, Baylee Klingler, and Sis Bates were all named All-Americans today by the NFCA. Plain earned First Team honors, with Klingler and Bates both earning Second Team All-American.
This is the third consecutive year Washington has had at least three All-Americans. The Huskies have had multiple All-Americans in 19 of their 28 seasons in which the award was given out. Since Heather Tarr became head coach in 2005, the Huskies have earned at least one All-American award in 14 of the 16 years the award has been given out.
This is the third consecutive All-American award for Bates, who earned First Team All-American in 2018 and 2019. Bates joins Plain, who also earned her third straight All-American award, as the first Huskies to earn three All-American awards in their careers since Danielle Lawrie did so in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Bates joins Kristen Rivera, Ashley Charters, Jaime Clark, and Becky Newbry as the only Husky hitters to earn three All-American awards in their careers. Bates led the Pac-12 in hits this year while earning her record third-straight Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award. She is now Washington's all-time hits leader, recording 320 hits in her collegiate career.
Plain joins Lawrie and Jamie Graves as Washington's only pitchers to earn three All-American awards. This is Plain's second straight First Team award: Lawrie is the only other Husky pitcher to earn multiple First Team All-American awards. The Pac-12's Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference in wins and strikeouts, Plain also threw a perfect game and another no-hitter this year, giving her six total no-hitters, the second-most in program history. Plain was one of three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award as well. She finished second in the nation in strikeouts, fanning 337 batters, the fifth-most in a single season in Washington history.
This is Klingler's first All-American award, coming in her first full season with the Huskies. Klingler is the first Husky to earn All-American status as a second baseman since 2006, when Dominique Lastrapes did so. Lastrapes and Sara Pickering are the only Huskies ever to be named All-Americans as second basemen. This year, Klingler led the Pac-12 in runs scored and finished fourth in RBI, one of only two Pac-12 players to score 50 runs and drive in 50. Her 17 doubles and 33 extra-base hits led the conference. Klingler was one of three Pac-12 players with a batting average over .400 and one of two with an on-base percentage over .500. In Pac-12 play, Klingler led the league in runs with 21 against conference opponents, while her 23 RBI were second only to Morganne Flores' 24.
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