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Several Wildcats Earn Pac-12 Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 14, 2014

TUCSON Arizona softball shortstop Kellie Fox was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Katiyana Mauga was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the Wildcats had a league-best five first-team all-league honors, the Pac-12 Conference office announced on Wednesday.

Fox is the second Wildcat to earn defensive player of the year, which has been awarded annually since 2005. She has 108 assists and 78 putouts on the year at shortstop with a fielding percentage of .949. At the plate, Fox holds a .401 batting average, a .771 slugging percentage and a .505 on-base percentage with 63 hits on the year, which are tied for the most on the team. Her 59 runs batted in are second-most on the Wildcat roster and tied for second most in the Pac-12.

Mauga becomes the sixth UA player to receive freshman of the year, awarded annually since 1994. The freshman worked her way into the starting lineup just three games into the season and became a consistent starter six games into the year. Mauga saw at least one hit in 16 of her 24 Pac-12 games as well as 32 of her 49 total games on the season.

She is hitting a .382 clip on the year with 19 home runs, 12 doubles and 56 RBI. Her slugging percentage of .924 leads the Pac-12 and is fourth-best in the nation.

In addition to the major awards won by Fox and Mauga, both were named First-Team All-Pac-12 along with Chelsea Goodacre, Kelsey Rodriguez and Hallie Wilson. Goodacre and Wilson earned the honor for the second straight season. The five first-team selections by the Wildcats were the most by any school in the league.

Goodacre leads the Pac-12 with 22 home runs, 70 RBIs and 128 total bases. Rodriguez paced the Wildcats with a .424 average, while leading the Pac-12 with 18 doubles. Meanwhile, Wilson leads the league in runs scored with 66, while ranking in the top-10 of the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, total bases and walks.  

Senior pitcher Estela Piñon was named Second-Team All-Pac-12. Piñon led the Arizona pitching staff in nearly every category including wins (17), ERA (2.54), appearances (33), starts (21), complete games (8), innings pitched (143.1) and strikeouts (124).

To cap the honors for the Wildcats, Mo Mercado was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, while also earning honorable mention all-conference honors. Mercado currently owns a .340 batting average to go with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. She has started all 54 games at second base for the Wildcats.

UCLA’s Ally Carda was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins was the conference’s Pitcher of the Year. The Pac-12 Coach of the Year was awarded to Mike White of Oregon, while the Ducks’ Courtney Ceo (.481) earned the conference’s batting title.


First Team

Ally Carda, P/UTIL, Jr., UCLA

Courtney Ceo, INF, Sr., Oregon

Cheyenne Cordes, INF, Jr., California

Dallas Escobedo, P, Sr., Arizona State

Hannah Flippen, INF, Fr., Utah

Kellie Fox, SS, RJr., Arizona

Amber Freeman, C, Jr., Arizona State

Dani Gilmore, CF/C, Jr., Oregon State

Chelsea Goodacre, C, Jr., Arizona

Cheridan Hawkins, P, So., Oregon

Victoria Hayward, OF, Sr., Washington

Danielle Henderson, INF, Jr., California

Kylee Lahners, INF, Jr., Washington

Stephany LaRosa, UTIL, Jr., UCLA

Katiyana Mauga, 3B, Fr., Arizona

Alexa Peterson, C, Sr., Oregon

Kelsey Rodriguez, C/UTIL, Sr., Arizona

Mysha Sataraka, INF, So., UCLA

Janie Takeda, OF, Jr., Oregon

Hallie Wilson, UTIL, Jr., Arizona

Second Team

Koral Costa, UTIL, So., Oregon

Kaitlin Inglesby, P, Sr., Washington

Janelle Lindvall, C, So., Oregon

Estela Piñon, P, Sr., Arizona

Mackenzie Popescue, P, Sr., Arizona State

Kylie Sorenson, INF, Fr., Stanford

Delaney Spaulding, INF, Fr., UCLA

Haley Steele, 3B, Jr., Arizona State

Bryana Walker, P, Sr., Washington

Leah White, OF, Jr., Stanford

Honorable Mention (receiving at least one vote): Allexis Bennett, So., UCLA; Kayla Bonstrom, So., STAN; Elizabeth

Caporuscio, Jr., ASU; Bridget Castro, Fr., UTAH; Cheyenne Coyle, Sr., ASU; Kailee Cuico, Sr., ORE; Kate Dickman, Jr.,

UTAH; Hooch Fagaly, Sr., WASH; Alyssa Gillespie, So., ORE; Jessica Hall, Sr., UCLA; Alix Johnson, Sr., ASU; Victoria

Jones, Sr., CAL; Whitney Jones, Sr., WASH; Breana Kostreba, Jr., CAL; Mo Mercado, Fr., ARIZ; Brittany Moeai, So.,

UCLA; Kori Nishitomi, So., OSU; Jessica Plaza, So., STAN; Kylie Reed, Fr., CAL; Madi Schreyer, Fr., STAN; Kelli Suguro, Jr., WASH; Nikki Udria, Fr., ORE; Bailey Wigness, Sr., ASU; Hanna Winter, Jr., STAN.

All-Freshman Team

Ali Aguilar, INF, Washington

Bridget Castro, INF, Utah

Hannah Flippen, INF, Utah

Chelsea Gonzales, SS, Arizona State

Katiyana Mauga, 3B, Arizona

Gabrielle Maurice, UTIL, UCLA

Mo Mercado, INF, Arizona

Kylie Padilla, C, Oregon State

Madi Schreyer, P, Stanford

Kylie Sorenson, INF, Stanford

Delaney Spaulding, INF, UCLA

Nikki Udria, INF, Oregon

Anissa Urtez, INF, Utah

Honorable Mention (receiving at least one vote): Sammy Cordova, UTAH; Jelly Felix, UCLA; Alexis Gonzalez, OSU; Alleah Laxamana, CAL; Bessie Noll, STAN; Sammie Puentes, ORE; Stephanie Trzcinski, CAL.