June 5, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Seniors Jenna Becerra, Maya Burns and Sarah Hassman headline a group of eight Stanford softball players who received Pac-12 All-Academic honors today. Becerra led the way with her second consecutive first team selection, while Burns and Hassman were both named to the second team.
Earning honorable mention accolades were senior Ashley Hansen, junior Jenna Rich, redshirt sophomore Tegan Schmidt, sophomore Corey Hanewich and sophomore Danielle Miller.
Becerra, Burns and Hassman all earned academic honors from the conference for the third time in their careers, while Hansen and Rich are being recognized for the second time. Schmidt, Hanewich and Miller are first-time honorees.
Becerra, a communication major with a 3.54 GPA, was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention pick. She had a break-out senior season offensively, setting career highs in batting average (.331), hits (52), doubles (14) and RBI (37). In April, the Camarillo, Calif., native became the first Stanford player to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games.
Burns, a San Mateo, Calif., native, is a psychology major with a 3.42 GPA. She led the team in fielding percentage this season (.996) and was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection. She tallied 40 hits and 31 RBI for the Cardinal this season. Her lone home run was a grand slam against Oregon State in mid-April. She finishes her time on The Farm with the third-best fielding percentage (.990) and the 10th-most putouts (564) in school history.
Hassman is a human biology major with a 3.41 GPA. The Cupertino, Calif., native suffered a season-ending knee injury in mid-February, but will return to the team in the fall for a fifth season. She already ranks among the top-10 in school history in career batting average (.311), runs scored (133) and stolen bases (82).
Hansen, who hails from Chandler, Ariz., is a management, science and engineering
major at Stanford. She is a four-time All-Pac-12 Conference First Team selection. She set a single season Stanford record this season with eight triples, and broke the school career record for doubles (81) and triples (18). Hansen was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year this season, becoming the first conference player to earn three end-of-the-year individual awards (Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and Player of the Year in 2011).
Rich is a science, technology and society major from El Segundo, Calif. A third team NFCA All-American this season, the junior tied the school's single season RBI record (66). A first team All-Pac-12 selection, Rich climbed the Stanford career records charts this season. She ranks in the top-10 in batting average (.332), triples (8), home runs (33), RBI (162) and slugging percentage (.595).
Schmidt, a biology major from Rocklin, Calif., took the field for the Cardinal for the first time in her career in 2012. Coming back from injury, the redshirt sophomore played in 38 games this season at first base or as the designated player. She tallied 16 hits and 15 RBI while scoring eight runs this year.
Hanewich, a Bradenton, Fla., native, is a science, technology and society major at Stanford. She played in 47 games this season as an outfielder. She hit .214 with 22 hits, including four doubles, and 14 RBI.
Miller is a science, technology and society major from Indianapolis, Ind. She played in 36 games for the Cardinal, primarily as the team's designated player. She hit .307 with 23 hits, including five doubles, a triple and a home run. She also tallied 11 RBI and a .440 slugging percentage.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.