May 18, 2006
"We're very pleased with the all-region selections," Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. "Kristina, Haley and Alex are very deserving. All the players had a tremendous season and are a big part of our program being so successful this year. They've been great leaders on the field."
This is Thorson's third All-Region honors, as she was on the second team in both 2005 and 2004. Woods was also a second-team selection in 2005. This is Sutton's first All-Region recognition.
The All-Region honors come on the heels of All-Pac-10 selections. Thorson was voted conference pitcher of the year, and Woods was also selected for the first team. Sutton made the conference's second team.
The Bears open NCAA Regional play against Illinois State Friday at 7 p.m. CDT in Iowa City, Iowa. Cal is the top seed in the Iowa Regional and the 10th seed overall in the 64-team field.
All-Pacific Region Teams
First Team Kristina Thorson, California Pitcher Anjelica Selden, UCLA Pitcher Haley Woods, California Catcher Ashley Charters, Washington First Base Caitlin Benyi, UCLA Second Base Andrea Duran, UCLA Third Base Kristie Fox, Arizona Shortstop Katie Cochran, Arizona State Outfielder Caitlin Lowe, Arizona Outfielder Alex Sutton, California Outfielder Catalina Morris, Stanford Outfielder Stefanie Ewing, Oregon State Designated Player Cambria Miranda, Oregon State Utility
Second Team Alicia Hollowell, Arizona Pitcher Brianne McGowan, Oregon State Pitcher Mandy Hill, Portland State Pitcher Lauren Lappin, Stanford Catcher DeAnn Young, Oregon State First Base Dominique Lastrapes, Washington Second Base Sarah Hyatt, Washington Third Base Jodie Legaspi, UCLA Shortstop Adrienne Alo, Oregon State Outfielder Autumn Champion, Arizona Outfielder Hillaree Bennett, Loyola Marymount Outfielder N/A Designated Player Lisa Dodd, UCLA Utility