Five Softball Players Named Easton All-Americans
Players selected to the Easton All-America Division I teams include 31 athletes from 17 institutions. Student-athletes selected to the Easton All-American teams are those "who have had an outstanding season in the circle, and those who have shown Easton power and prowess at the plate."
Ricketts, a four-year starting pitcher from San Jose, Calif., posted a 28-6 record this season with career-best statistics in shutouts (10), ERA (1.49), hits allowed (153), runs allowed (57), earned runs allowed (48) and opposing batting average (.191). She helped lead UH to its fourth WAC regular-season title and its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and became the first Rainbow Wahine ever to earn three WAC Pitcher of the Year awards.
Willard, a senior outfielder from Camarillo, Calif., hit .418 with 71 hits, 88 RBI and 44 runs en route to WAC Player of the Year honors. Her 88 RBI and 1.54 RBI per game were both second-best in the nation in addition to ranking 14th and 11th, respectively, in the NCAA single-season record books. She also posted an .859 slugging percentage and .505 on base percentage.
Clayton, a junior shortstop from Hollister, Calif., hit .405 and led the team with 79 hits, 53 runs and four triples. She ranked 28th nationally in triples, 40th in batting average and 44th in runs per game (.90).
Iwata, a three-year starter at shortstop from Lihu'e, Kaua'i, led UH at the plate with a .400 batting average, 60 hits and 57 RBI. Iwata also led the Rainbow Wahine with a .740 slugging percentage and a .503 on-base percentage. She was second on the UH squad with 37 runs scored, nine doubles and 14 home runs. Iwata was named to the first team all-WAC team for the third straight season.
Thomsen, a junior first baseman from Fresno, Calif., hit .418 with a .614 slugging percentage and only seven strikeouts in 158 at bats. She also posted a team-high 66 hits, 14 doubles, 97 total bases and was tied for the second-most RBI on the team with 22. She also had a .993 fielding percentage.
The complete teams are listed below.
2012 Easton NCAA Division I First Team All-Americans
2012 Easton NCAA Division I Second Team All-Americans
|Jamie Fisher||Northern Iowa||So.|
|Jessica Garcia||New Mexico||Sr.|
|Mikkel Griffin||Southern Utah||Jr.|
|Hayley Miles||San Diego State||So.|
|Lauren Lackey||South Carolina||Sr.|
|Christine Thomsen||Utah State||Jr.|