Softball Places Five on All-Pac-12 Teams
SAN FRANCISCO – Oregon State softball placed four on all-conference teams with an additional three named to the freshman team. The Pac-12 announced the honors Wednesday.
Senior Mariah Mazon and junior Frankie Hammoude were named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Freshmen Kiki Escobar and Sarah Haendiges were placed on the All-Pac-12 Second Team and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team while counterpart Eliana Gottlieb garnered freshman team honors. The honorees were selected by a vote of the conference head coaches.
Mazon's first team accolade marks the second consecutive nod of her lustrous Beaver career after the Tulare, Calif. native has also garnered up a second, third and freshman team nod. Mazon leads the Beavers and is third amongst the Pac-12 with a 1.60 earned run average to go with a 12-10 record, one save and 171 strikeouts in 136 innings. She has circle appearances in 25 games, making 20 starts, posting 14 complete games with two solo shutouts. At the plate, Mazon's .690 slugging percentage is second on the team. She is second with six home runs, nine doubles and a triple with a .345 batting average and third with 24 runs batted in, adding 29 hits and 22 runs scored. A Pac-12 Player of the Week, Mazon has allowed zero or one earned run in 17 of her appearances, reaching double-figure strikeouts five times. At the plate, she has hits in 16 of her 26 games with nine double-digit hit games.
A back-to-back first team honoree, Hammoude is the team leader in walks with 28, home runs (12), runs batted in (34), slugging percentage (.736) and batting average (.388). She is second with 47 hits and fourth with six doubles in 121 appearances at the plate. A Pac-12 Player of the Week, Hammoude is in the top-10 amongst the Pac-12 in six different statistical categories. She has seven multi-RBI contests this year, including a career-best seven at New Mexico State, and posted a hitting streaks of five, eight and five this season. Hammoude has scored a run in 17 games, including multiples three times. The infielder needs just three home runs during her career to move into second in the OSU home run record book.
In her breakout first season, Escobar is third amongst Pac-12 players with 65 hits. She leads Oregon State with 65 hits, 10 doubles and 10 stolen bases and is second with 34 runs scored and a .363 batting average. She has started in all 49 games this season for the Orange & Black, playing at three different positions this season, short stop, second and her first-career contest at third. The three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week has hits in 36 of her 49 games, including a 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 13-26.
Haendiges is right behind Mazon in the conference with a 1.62 earned run average to go along with a 10-5 overall record in the circle in her first year donning the Orange & Black. The Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week is 22nd in the nation with seven shutouts and her ERA places her No. 26 in the country. In 112 innings pitched, Haendiges has 117 strikeouts, having gone the distance in 10 of her 17 starts. The freshman has struck out a career-high nine batters on two occasions and has allowed zero or one earned run in 21 of her 28 appearances.
Gottlieb is batting .285 with 40 hits, five home runs, 22 runs batted in, 18 walks, seven doubles, nine stolen bases and a team-best 34 runs scored. She has been a standout in the outfield defensively in her first full season with Oregon State, starting in every game this year. Gottlieb has hits in 28 games, including a six-game hitting streak from March 11-19.
Oregon State welcomes Utah for its final three-game series of the regular season May 12-14. First pitch between the Beavers and Utes is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Game two will be played at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday's game three Senior Day is slated to begin at 12 p.m. PT. All games will be available on OSU's live stream.
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OSU All-Pac-12 Conference Awards
All-Pac-12 First Team
All-Pac-12 Second Team
Pac-12 All-Freshman Team