SALEM, Va. - Kaaren Hatlen and Stacey Hagensen were named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America teams as announced Thursday night at the NCAA Division III Softball Championships banquet at the Salem Civic Center.
Hatlen (Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville HS) was selected to the All-America First Team as a designated player, and Hagensen (Bellevue, Wash. / Newport HS) earned All-America Second Team recognition as a pitcher.
A junior who is also PLU's No. 2 starting pitcher, Hatlen leads the Lutes with a .442 batting average, 10 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Her prolific offensive production has led many teams to pitch around her, as evidenced by the 32 walks that she has received. Hatlen has 13 doubles, a .561 on-base percentage and a .754 slugging percentage. As a pitcher, she is 13-4 with a 2.90 earned run average.
Hagensen, who earned All-America Third Team honors a year ago as a utility player, has led the Lutes throughout the season from the pitcher's circle. The two-time Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, Hagensen has a 24-5 record and 1.02 earned run average. Opponents are hitting just .211 against the right-hander, who has walked just 17 batters while striking out 121 in 185 1/3 innings. When not pitching Hagensen plays right field and has a .366 batting average with five homers and 34 runs batted in.
Hatlen and Hagensen become the first Lutes duo since the 2005 season to earn NFCA All-America honors. That year, both Gretchen Ruecker and Mary Jo Marquardt earned All-America Second Team recognition. The last PLU player prior to Hatlen to receive NFCA First Team All-America accord was Jewel Koury in 2004.
Hatlen and Hagensen will lead the Lutes (41-11) into the NCAA Division III Softball Championships at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) when they face the Luther College Norse (40-7) in a first round game at Moyer Field. That game, and all contests at the championship event, are available online at www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.
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