May 13, 2014
Mountain West Video Release
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three Colorado State softball players were recognized on Tuesday when the Mountain West released its 2014 Softball All-Conference Teams. The selections were made by the league’s nine head coaches.
Senior center fielder Chelsea O’Connor was named to the first team, while freshman second baseman Haley Hutton and sophomore pitcher Holly Reinke earned second-team honors. It was the first selection for each player, who each hail from the state of Colorado. Hutton is the seventh CSU freshman to be named to an All-Mountain West team.
The trio helped the Rams to the most wins since 2004 – 32-17 – and the fifth-best winning percentage in school history. CSU was in contention for a share of the conference championship going into the final day of the season.
O’Connor, a Windsor, Colo., native who transferred to CSU after stints at Tennessee and Boston, made the most of her lone season on the field with the Rams, tying a single-season CSU record with 66 RBI. She currently ranks second nationally for RBI per game (1.35), and in conference play led the MW with 31 runs driven in. In 24 league games, she hit .345 while slugging .655 (fifth). Her five home runs during conference action were tied for fourth, and her 55 total bases were third.
Just a freshman, Hutton made an immediate impact on the field, starting all 49 contests for CSU. Against conference opponents, she hit .406 (sixth in the MW) while reaching base at a .490 clip (fifth). As leadoff hitter, she got on base early and often, scoring 23 runs in 24 conference games, which ranked third in the MW. Overall, she hit .413 – the third-best batting average in CSU history – while scoring 52 runs (19th in NCAA) and walking 33 times (second in CSU annals). In April, she was named the Mountain West Player of the Week.
Reinke earned 20 victories in the circle, tied for the third-most in CSU single-season history. In conference play, she held 11 of CSU's 13 wins (tied for second in the MW) and a 3.12 ERA. She struck out 63 batters (tied for third) and tossed 13 complete games, including two shutouts. Like Hutton, Reinke earned Mountain West Pitcher of the Week honors in February, after helping the Rams to a 4-0 start to the season.
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