May 17, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The awards continued to pour in today for the Cardinal, as four Stanford softball players earned Louisville Slugger All-West Region honors as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Junior Jenna Rich was named to the First Team, while junior Teagan Gerhart and freshmen Leah White and Hanna Winter were Second Team selections.
All four players are now in contention to be 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans. Stanford has had at least one All-American every season since 1998, when Michele Acosta, Becky Blevins and Marcy Crouch became the first All-Americans in school history. Last season, junior Ashley Hansen was a First Team All-American for the Cardinal.
Gerhart earns her third consecutive all-region honors after being selected as a first team member in 2011 and a second team pick as a freshman in 2010. Rich has been named to the first team for the second straight year, while White and Winter are being recognized for the first times in their careers.
With Gerhart's third straight selection, she becomes one of nine players in school history to earn three all-region awards during their careers (others are Sarah Beeson, Alissa Haber, Ashley Hansen, Lauren Lappin, Jessica Mendoza, Catalina Morris, Missy Penna and Dana Sorenson).
Rich nabbed the First Team second baseman spot for the second straight year. A first team All-Pac-12 selection, Rich is hitting a career-best .372 with 64 hits, including four triples. She leads the Pac-12 with 63 RBI, the second-most in a single season by a Stanford player behind Sarah Beeson's 66 in 2001. She also paces the team with 13 doubles, 10 home runs and a .669 slugging percentage.
Gerhart earned one of the two pitcher spots on the Second Team. An honorable mention all-conference selection this season, she leads the Pac-12 with 30 wins. The Norco, Calif., native holds a 2.77 ERA and ranks fifth in the conference with 190 strikeouts. She has thrown 23 complete games, posted eight shutouts and recorded two saves. Gerhart already ranks among the top-10 in school history in wins (78), strikeouts (613), shutouts (22) and innings pitched (685.2).
White was one of the three outfielders named to the Second Team. The Phoenix, Ariz., native leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 53 runs scored. She is second on the squad with a .381 average and 67 hits. She's a consistent threat at the plate for the Cardinal, tallying four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI. She also boasts a .511 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage. Her 53 runs scored is the sixth-best single season output in school history.
Winter, who has played second and third base for the Cardinal this season, earned the utility/non-pitcher spot on the Second Team. The Cardinal's lead-off hitter, Winter leads the Pac-12 this season with 81 hits, which ties Mendoza for the second-most in a single season by a Stanford rookie behind Hansen's 84. The Camarillo, Calif., native is fourth in the conference with a .420 batting average and also holds a .467 on-base percentage. Utilizing her speed, Winter leads the Cardinal with 12 stolen bases.
Joining Rich on the First Team from the Pac-12 Conference are Arizona State pitcher Hillary Bach, UCLA first baseman Andrea Harrison, UCLA third baseman Stephany LaRosa, Arizona State shortstop Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State outfielders Elizabeth Caporuscio and Alix Johnson, UCLA outfielder Katie Schroeder and UCLA designated player/utility-non-pitcher Samantha Camuso.
Also on the Second Team from the Pac-12 were Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State first baseman Annie Lockwood, UCLA outfielder B.B. Bates and UCLA pitcher/utility Ally Carda.
Stanford opens the 2012 NCAA Tournament afternoon against Baylor as the No. 2 seed in the Lafayette Regional in Lafayette, La. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT at Lamson Park, with play continuing Saturday and Sunday.