Nov. 15, 2001
COLUMBIA, Mo. - UA softball player Erika Hanson, a senior member of the 2001 NCAA Championship team, was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a Scholar-Athlete All-American this month.
Hanson, a four-year letterwinner from Thousand Oaks, Calif., hit a career-high .286 for the 65-4 national champion Wildcats as a first baseman and designated player last year. She will graduate in December with a degree in communication. She earned a 4.0 grade point average in the spring term -- during the team's season -- and carried the 3.5 GPA over the course of the year to qualify for the NFCA honor.
She earned honorable-mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors last year. This fall she is serving an internship with the UA athletics department's public relations office while completing degree requirements.
Hanson, the daughter of Richard and Dale Hanson of Thousand Oaks, finished her playing career with some of her best ball, wresting the key designated-player role from other teammates during the Women's College World Series. She started the winning rally in UA's first game against California with a base hit in the seventh inning, and started Arizona's comeback against defending titlist Oklahoma in the sixth inning with a base hit. She led all UA players in the series with a .429 batting average and scored two runs.