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Cat's Mauga named Pac-12 Softball Freshman of the Year

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Arizona softball shortstop Kellie Fox was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Katiyana Mauga was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the Wildcats had a league-best five first-team all-league honors, the Pac-12 Conference office announced on Wednesday.

Fox is the second Wildcat to earn defensive player of the year, which has been awarded annually since 2005. She has 108 assists and 78 putouts on the year at shortstop with a fielding percentage of .949. At the plate, Fox holds a .401 batting average, a .771 slugging percentage and a .505 on-base percentage with 63 hits on the year, which are tied for the most on the team. Her 59 runs batted in are second-most on the Wildcat roster and tied for second most in the Pac-12.

Mauga becomes the sixth UA player to receive freshman of the year, awarded annually since 1994. The freshman worked her way into the starting lineup just three games into the season and became a consistent starter six games into the year. Mauga saw at least one hit in 16 of her 24 Pac-12 games as well as 32 of her 49 total games on the season.

She is hitting a .382 clip on the year with 19 home runs, 12 doubles and 56 RBI. Her slugging percentage of .924 leads the Pac-12 and is fourth-best in the nation.

In addition to the major awards won by Fox and Mauga, both were named First-Team All-Pac-12 along with Chelsea Goodacre, Kelsey Rodriguez and Hallie Wilson. Goodacre and Wilson earned the honor for the second straight season. The five first-team selections by the Wildcats were the most by any school in the league.

Goodacre leads the Pac-12 with 22 home runs, 70 RBIs and 128 total bases. Rodriguez paced the Wildcats with a .424 average, while leading the Pac-12 with 18 doubles. Meanwhile, Wilson leads the league in runs scored with 66, while ranking in the top-10 of the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, total bases and walks. 

Senior pitcher Estela Piñon was named Second-Team All-Pac-12. Piñon led the Arizona pitching staff in nearly every category including wins (17), ERA (2.54), appearances (33), starts (21), complete games (8), innings pitched (143.1) and strikeouts (124).

To cap the honors for the Wildcats, Mo Mercado was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, while also earning honorable mention all-conference honors. Mercado currently owns a .340 batting average to go with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. She has started all 54 games at second base for the Wildcats.

UCLA's Ally Carda was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Oregon's Cheridan Hawkins was the conference's Pitcher of the Year. The Pac-12 Coach of the Year was awarded to Mike White of Oregon, while the Ducks' Courtney Ceo (.481) earned the conference's batting title.


First Team

Ally Carda, P/UTIL, Jr., UCLA
Courtney Ceo, INF, Sr., Oregon
Cheyenne Cordes, INF, Jr., California
Dallas Escobedo, P, Sr., Arizona State
Hannah Flippen, INF, Fr., Utah
Kellie Fox, SS, RJr., Arizona
Amber Freeman, C, Jr., Arizona State
Dani Gilmore, CF/C, Jr., Oregon State
Chelsea Goodacre, C, Jr., Arizona
Cheridan Hawkins, P, So., Oregon
Victoria Hayward, OF, Sr., Washington
Danielle Henderson, INF, Jr., California
Kylee Lahners, INF, Jr., Washington
Stephany LaRosa, UTIL, Jr., UCLA
Katiyana Mauga, 3B, Fr., Arizona
Alexa Peterson, C, Sr., Oregon
Kelsey Rodriguez, C/UTIL, Sr., Arizona
Mysha Sataraka, INF, So., UCLA
Janie Takeda, OF, Jr., Oregon
Hallie Wilson, UTIL, Jr., Arizona

Second Team

Koral Costa, UTIL, So., Oregon
Kaitlin Inglesby, P, Sr., Washington
Janelle Lindvall, C, So., Oregon
Estela Piñon, P, Sr., Arizona
Mackenzie Popescue, P, Sr., Arizona State
Kylie Sorenson, INF, Fr., Stanford
Delaney Spaulding, INF, Fr., UCLA
Haley Steele, 3B, Jr., Arizona State
Bryana Walker, P, Sr., Washington
Leah White, OF, Jr., Stanford

Honorable Mention (receiving at least one vote): Allexis Bennett, So., UCLA; Kayla Bonstrom, So., STAN; Elizabeth Caporuscio, Jr., ASU; Bridget Castro, Fr., UTAH; Cheyenne Coyle, Sr., ASU; Kailee Cuico, Sr., ORE; Kate Dickman, Jr., UTAH; Hooch Fagaly, Sr., WASH; Alyssa Gillespie, So., ORE; Jessica Hall, Sr., UCLA; Alix Johnson, Sr., ASU; Victoria Jones, Sr., CAL; Whitney Jones, Sr., WASH; Breana Kostreba, Jr., CAL; Mo Mercado, Fr., ARIZ; Brittany Moeai, So., UCLA; Kori Nishitomi, So., OSU; Jessica Plaza, So., STAN; Kylie Reed, Fr., CAL; Madi Schreyer, Fr., STAN; Kelli Suguro, Jr., WASH; Nikki Udria, Fr., ORE; Bailey Wigness, Sr., ASU; Hanna Winter, Jr., STAN.

All-Freshman Team

Ali Aguilar, INF, Washington
Bridget Castro, INF, Utah
Hannah Flippen, INF, Utah
Chelsea Gonzales, SS, Arizona State
Katiyana Mauga, 3B, Arizona
Gabrielle Maurice, UTIL, UCLA
Mo Mercado, INF, Arizona
Kylie Padilla, C, Oregon State
Madi Schreyer, P, Stanford
Kylie Sorenson, INF, Stanford
Delaney Spaulding, INF, UCLA
Nikki Udria, INF, Oregon
Anissa Urtez, INF, Utah

Honorable Mention (receiving at least one vote): Sammy Cordova, UTAH; Jelly Felix, UCLA; Alexis Gonzalez, OSU; Alleah Laxamana, CAL; Bessie Noll, STAN; Sammie Puentes, ORE; Stephanie Trzcinski, CAL.

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