May 16, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior shortstop Ashley Hansen has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, today, when the conference announced its postseason awards. The Cardinal had nine players honored, with Hansen becoming the third Cardinal to earn the defensive honors.
Hansen earns an individual conference award for the third time in her career, the first Stanford player to do so. She was the 2009 Newcomer of the Year and the 2011 Player of the Year. She is also the reigning USA Softball National Player of the Year.
Joining Hansen on the All-Pac-12 First Team are junior second baseman Jenna Rich and freshman third baseman Hanna Winter. Freshman outfielder Leah White earned Second Team accolades, while senior first baseman Jenna Becerra, senior catcher Maya Burns and junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart were selected as honorable mention.
Additionally, Leah White and Winter were named to the All-Pac-12 Freshmen Team, while rookies Cassandra Roulund and Nyree White earned honorable mention.
Hansen joins Lauren Lappin (2005 & 2006) and Rosey Neill (2008, 2009 & 2010) as the Cardinal's Defensive Player of the Year winners. Furthermore, she becomes just the second Stanford player to receive First Team All-Conference honors all four years, joining two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza. The Chandler, Ariz., native already holds school records for doubles (79) and triples (18) in a career. This season, Hansen committed just eight errors in 203 chances. She has tallied 87 putouts and 108 assists on the year. Offensively, she led the team with a .388 batting average in conference games. She leads the Pac-12 with eight triples, a school single season record, and ranks in the top-10 in on-base percentage (.500), doubles (12), runs scored (51) and walks (32).
Rich, the Cardinal's clean-up hitter for most of the year, has steadily increased her production during her first three years on The Farm. She earns her third career conference honors after being tabbed a second team selection in 2011 and an honorable mention pick in 2010. The El Segundo, Calif., native his 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. She also paces the team with 13 doubles, 10 home runs and a .669 slugging percentage.
Winter is just the fifth Stanford rookie to earn first team all-conference accolades. 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.
A starter all season, Leah White 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.
In her final season on The Farm, Becerra has had a breakout season offensively. She is hitting over .300 for the first time in her career (.345). She has registered 50 hits after recording just 22 in each of her first three seasons and has produced a career high 37 RBI. She also leads the team with 13 doubles and is second with six home runs. In the series against Oregon State, the Camarillo, Calif., native became the first Stanford player to hit a grand slam in consecutive games.
Burns is also turning in her best offensive season as a Cardinal. She is hitting a career high .289 and has posted 37 hits, including six doubles, and 30 RBI. Her lone home run of the season, and just the second of her career, was also a grand slam against Oregon State. With just one error on the year, the San Mateo, Calif., native boasts a team-best .995 fielding percentage.
Gerhart is being recognized for the third time in her career. A first team selection in 2011 and an honorable mention pick in 2010, 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).
Roulund has come on strong for the Cardinal during the second half of the season. She is hitting .280 with nine of her 23 hits going for extra bases. The only Pac-12 Player of the Week honoree for Stanford this season, the Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native hit .600, scored six runs and tallied eight RBI as the team defeated Santa Clara and swept then-No. 14 Washington that week.
Nyree White, a native of Eugene, Ore., has been a solid back-up in the circle for the Cardinal this season. She has posted an 8-6 record, two saves and a 3.92 ERA. Tallying 69 strikeouts in 110.2 innings pitched, White has issued just 26 walks, ranking fourth in the conference.
California's Valerie Arioto was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, while Jolene Henderson was named Pitcher of the Year and Diane Ninemire was the Coach of the Year for the Golden Bears. UCLA's Stephany LaRosa earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
Stanford opens the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Friday 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.