May 17, 2010
Complete MWC Release
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2010 Mountain West all-conference softball awards, as selected by the league's six head coaches, were announced Monday afternoon.
“We think we had a very good year, including being very competitive in the MWC,” said Head Coach Mary Yori. “These players are very deserving and we are proud of their accomplishments.”
With five nods, Colorado State tied a school record (also 2004, 2005), including a first-time selection for sophomore first baseman Christine Thomsen, and repeat accolades for Kelli Eubanks, Ashley Munoz, Rebecca Penland, and Player of the Year candidate Caitlan Stem.
Stem, the Rams’ leadoff hitter, earned her second consecutive all-conference honor, and was nominated for conference Player of the Year accolades after establishing new Mountain West Conference records for batting average (.553) and slugging percentage (1.106) in league play. The shortstop, a three-year starter from Broomfield, Colo., also notched a .607 on-base percentage against MWC opponents, second all-time in the league record books. She scored a team-leading 18 runs, smashed seven of her team-high 11 home runs in conference play, and recorded hits in 11 straight MWC games between April 15 and May 14.
Munoz, a senior and four-year starter for the Rams, earned her third career all-MWC nod, having garnered MWC Freshman of the Year in 2007 and all-league honors as a sophomore in 2008. This season the catcher from Diamond Bar, Calif., hit .366 against MWC opponents, while ranking seventh in the conference with a slugging percentage of .659. She notched three home runs in league play.
Penland, also a senior for the Rams in 2010, reined in her second all-conference selection (2008) as a designated player. A native of Riverside, Calif., she ranked among the Mountain West leaders in runs batted in (tied for third with 17), doubles (tied for sixth with four), and slugging percentage (eighth at .643). Overall, she hit .333 in league play, tallying three home runs and tying for the team lead with seven walks.
Eubanks, the Rams’ starting pitcher and ace from Troutdale, Ore., posted one of the top pitching seasons in school history en route to her second consecutive all-MWC selection. The sophomore recorded 23 of the team’s 29 wins, and ranked among the MWC leaders, accounting for all seven of the Rams’ wins in league action. She ranked third in conference in strikeouts (52), batters struck out looking (22), total appearances (14), and innings pitched (73.1).
Thomsen, who earned all-region honors as a freshman in 2009, received her first-career all-MWC nod, nearly matching Stem hit-for-hit throughout the 2010 conference schedule. A native of Fresno, Calif., Thomsen hit .510 in league action, establishing a new sophomore record and the third-highest batting average in the league’s history behind Stem and BYU’s Angeline Quiocho (.542 in 2009). Thomsen ranked second in the conference behind Stem with a .529 on-base percentage, and was third in total bases (40), and slugging percentage (.816), fifth in runs scored (17) and tied for fifth in RBIs (15). She hit four home runs against MWC pitchers, and recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage at first base for the Rams.
The five all-conference nods for the Rams ranks second behind MWC regular-season champion BYU (six). UNLV garnered four all-league selections, followed by San Diego State with three on the 20-player team. Utah and New Mexico each earned one.
Quiocho, a senior from BYU, earned MWC Player of the Year honors. The Cougars also took home MWC Freshman of the Year (J.C. Clayton) and Coach of the Year (Gordon Eakin). SDSU’s Samantha Beasley was named MWC Pitcher of the Year.
Stem, Eubanks, Thomsen, Penland, and centerfielder Jenna Krogh are all also up for NFCA all-Pacific Region honors. All-region selections will be announced May 20, with any qualifying players earning consideration for the June 2 NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America selection.