There were plenty of positives for Stanford during the season, picking up big conference wins against No. 2/2 UCLA and No. 10/10 Washington, and was the only non-top-five team in the country to defeat the Bruins during the regular season. The Cardinal boasted victories against seven teams selected to the NCAA Tournament, including UCLA, Washington, San Diego State, Northwestern, BYU, NC State and Bradley. Stanford expects to return all 10 starters in 2015.
• Leah White and Erin Ashby earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region honors. White was selected as an outfielder to the second team, while Ashby received third team recognition at second base. It is the third consecutive second-team honor for White and the first for Ashby.
• Sorenson and Schreyer were named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and Bessie Noll was an honorable mention selection.
• Winter earned the second Pac-12 All-Academic honor of her career, claiming first team honors with a 3.55 GPA as a computer science major. Bonstrom and Cassandra Roulund were selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team. It is the first award for Bonstrom and the second for Roulund. Corey Hanewich, Kaitlin Schaberg and Tylyn Wells each received Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable mention awards.
IT’S ALL ACADEMIC
• Stanford softball was one of 14 Cardinal teams to receive a Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
IN THE POLLS
• Stanford, which had appeared in every regular-season poll for more than a decade entering the season, saw their streak come to an end when it fell out of the USA Today/NFCA rankings April 15 and dropped from the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll the following week. The Cardinal reached as high as 11th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and 13th in the USA Today/NFCA poll (Feb. 18).
• Stanford finished eighth in the notoriously difficult Pac-12 with a 5-19 record. Oregon, the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, claimed the conference title for the second consecutive year with a 20-3-1 mark. UCLA finished second at 19-5, followed by Arizona State (15-7-1), Washington (13-9), Arizona (14-10), Utah (8-15) and Oregon State (5-17). California rounded out the group with a 4-18 record. Five of the nine teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament.
PLENTY OF FIREPOWER
• Stanford finished the year ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in doubles per game (9th, 1.60), triples per game (10th, .31), scoring (21st, 6.02), batting average (22nd, .406) and on-base percentage (22nd, .406).
• Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford ranked in the top three in doubles (3rd, 88), triples (3rd, 17), sacrifice flies (1st, 21) and stolen bases (3rd, 55).
WALK IT OUT
• Kylie Sorenson tied for the third-most walks in a single season in Stanford history, earning 37 free passes.
FIELDING HER POSITION
• Jessica Plaza became the second Stanford player in program history to register a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with a minimum of 100 chances. She joins Elizabeth Bendig atop the all-time Cardinal list.
WORKHORSE IN THE CIRCLE
• Madi Schreyer’s 242.1 innings at pitcher ranks seventh in program history for the most in a single season. She earned 22 wins to tie for 10th on the all-time single-season list, joining Dana Sorenson (2000), Missy Penna (2006) and Teagan Gerhart (2010).
ALL HANDS ON DECK
• While Madi Schreyer carried a majority of the load in the circle, Stanford’s pitching options were limited due to injuries. This led to a “pitching by committee” situation in which four Cardinal players that typically did not pitch, spent time in the circle. Infielder Kylie Sorenson, utility player Kayla Bonstrom, designated player Tylyn Wells and infielder Erin Ashby saw innings at pitcher. Seven Stanford players saw at least an inning in the circle.
• The pitching situation caused lineup changes in the infield with each starting infielder logging time at two or three positions during a weekend. Despite the regular shifting, the Cardinal has produced some outstanding defensive plays and held a .957 fielding percentage.
PLAZA GOES RED, WHITE AND BLUE
• Jessica Plaza was selected to the 17-player Team USA Softball Women’s National Team roster. She will compete with Team USA in multiple events throughout the summer, highlighted by the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championships on Aug. 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands.
• Earlier this year, Plaza was one of 24 players selected to participate at the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp.
• Plaza earned a silver medal with the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2013 International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championship.
IN THE TOP 25
• Kylie Sorenson was named a top-25 finalist for the inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year Award. Sorenson was outstanding at shortstop and third base and led the team in batting average (.363), doubles (16), walks (37), slugging percentage (.586) and on-base percentage (.495) on the season. She ranked second on the team in RBI (42) and tied for third in hits (57).
IN THE TOP 50
• Kayla Bonstrom was one of 50 players in the nation named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list. She was one of six sophomores included on the list that consists of players from 36 NCAA Division I schools and 12 athletic conferences. Bonstrom is one of 12 Pac-12 players included on the list.
• Stanford was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll. Arizona State and Washington tied for the top spot, while Oregon was picked third and UCLA fourth. Arizona was selected to place sixth, followed by California at seventh, and Oregon State and Utah tying for eighth.