Leaders on and off the field, Pacific Lutheran softball players Stacey Hagensen and Kaaren Hatlen topped off a exciting last several days when they were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Hagensen (Bellevue, Wash. / Newport HS), a senior pitcher, and Hatlen (Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville HS), a junior designated player/pitcher, helped lead Pacific Lutheran to the NCAA Division III national championship on Monday with a 3-0 win over Northwest Conference rival and defending national champion Linfield College. Last Thursday, Hatlen received National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America First Team honors and Hagensen was selected to the NFCA All-America Second Team.
Hagensen, a mathematics and economics double major with a 3.91 grade point average, just finished a remarkable NCAA postseason run that saw her pitch every inning of Pacific Lutheran's eight-game blitz through the regional and national tournaments. She was named Most Outstanding Player and all-tournament at both the Tyler Regional and the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. During her playoff run she was 8-0, pitched all 58 innings with a 0.60 earned run average, allowed 40 hits, struck out 37 and walked just three. In 31 innings at the Division III Softball Championship she had a 0.68 earned run average and limited her opponents to three earned runs on 21 hits while striking out 16 and walking one.
She earned Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year honors for the second straight year, was a first team All-Northwest Conference pick for the third year, and a NFCA All-West Region selection for the second consecutive season.
Hagensen led the Lutes to a 45-11 overall record, which eclipsed the former program record for most wins in a season set at 40 by the 1990 PLU team. She finished with a 28-5 pitching record, a 0.97 earned run average, 25 complete games and 12 shutouts. Hagensen allowed 163 hits with 137 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 216 1/3 innings, and opponents hit just .207 against her this season. The team's number three hitter throughout the season, Hagensen hit .363 with five home runs, 37 runs batted in and 11 steals in as many attempts.
Hatlen, a mathematics major with a 3.95 grade point average, earned Tyler Regional all-tournament recognition after hitting a home run and driving in four runs for the Lutes. She also drove in what proved to be the winning run in PLU's national championship game win over Linfield.
Hatlen led the Lutes with a .426 batting average, 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 56 runs batted in. She also served as PLU's No. 2 starting pitcher, finishing the season with a 13-4 record and a 2.90 earned run average in 82 innings.
Hatlen was selected to the All-Northwest Conference and NFCA All-West Region first teams for the second consecutive season.
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