Five Golden Bears Earn NFCA All-Pacific Region Nods
May 16, 2013
Louisville, Ky. -
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Thursday that five Golden Bears have been selected to the NFCA’s All-Pacific Region First and Second teams, marking Cal’s highest total since 2005.
Three Elk Grove, Calif. players lead the All-Pacific First Team – senior pitcher Jolene Henderson, sophomore third baseman Danielle Henderson and senior catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt. J. Henderson was named one of two pitchers on the team for her 1.23 ERA and 30 wins in 262.2 innings pitched. Younger sister D. Henderson owns a .287 batting average with nine home runs plus 27 runs scored and 32 RBI, starting all 53 regular-season games for the Blue and Gold. Ziegenhirt has worked her way into the Cal record books with 16 home runs this season, tied for fourth in single-season records, and 41 career home runs for fourth in the all-time records. She is batting .286 with 52 RBI and 24 runs scored.
Sophomore shortstop Cheyenne Cordes and junior utility player Victoria Jones were named All-Pacific Second Team honorees. Along with being one of Cal’s most vocal leaders, Cordes is batting .327 with nine home runs, 32 RBI and 35 runs scored. Jones has shown spectacular defensive ability at every position she has occupied – entering the lineup at catcher, first base, second base or shortstop while batting .278 with 10 home runs and 30 runs scored.
This is D. Henderson’s fourth All-Region First Team honor and the second for D. Henderson. This is the first All-Region accolade for Ziegenhirt, Cordes and Jones.
A total of 263 players from 137 different teams across the nation were selected to one of the NFCA’s 10 Division I All-Region teams. Each NFCA member coach can nominate up to six of his or her players for all-region consideration. Players are chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams. Conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were also added for All-America consideration.
The 2013 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at 2 p.m. PT on Wednesday, May 29 on NFCA.org.
|Pacific Region First Team|
|P||Jolene Henderson||University of California, Berkeley|
|P||Jessica Moore||University of Oregon|
|C||Lindsey Ziegenhirt||University of California, Berkeley|
|1B||Hooch Fagaly||University of Washington|
|2B||Kaylan Howard||University of Oregon|
|3B||Danielle Henderson||University of California, Berkeley|
|SS||Courtney Ceo||University of Oregon|
|OF||Janie Takeda||University of Oregon|
|OF||Victoria Hayward||University of Washington|
|OF||Staci Rodriguez||New Mexico State University|
|UT/P||Kaitlin Inglesby||University of Washington|
|DP/UT-Non-P||Alexa Peterson||University of Oregon|
|P||Amanda Pridmore||San Jose State University|
|P||Cheridan Hawkins||University of Oregon|
|P||Anna Bertrand||Portland State University|
|C||Vicky Galasso||Idaho State University|
|1B||Natalie Hampton||Oregon State University|
|2B||Jackie Sweet||University of Utah|
|3B||Kimberlee Souza||University of Washington|
|SS||Cheyenne Cordes||University of California, Berkeley|
|OF||Lea Cavestany||Oregon State University|
|OF||Amber Olive||New Mexico State University|
|OF||Kylee Lahners||University of Washington|
|UT/P||Amanda Fitzsimmons||Idaho State University|
|DP/UT-Non-P||Victoria Jones||University of California, Berkeley|