Senior Lindsey Hansen became MSU's first NFCA All-America honoree since 2004 with her third-team selection today.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior shortstop Lindsey Hansen of the Michigan State softball team earned 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America honors, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association today (June 1). Hansen was listed on the third team as an at-large shortstop selection. The three All-America teams, which were announced during the opening ceremonies for the Women's College World Series, were selected by NFCA-member NCAA Division I coaching representatives.
"It is truly an honor to be selected as an All-American," said Hansen of her third team selection. "This has been a goal that I have always wanted to accomplish. This is certainly a dream come true, and something I set out to achieve at the start of the season. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Stacey Phillips, Sandy Lewis and Jessica (Beech) Bograkos, amongst others, is definitely is an honor and means the world to me."
"This honor is something that Lindsey has earned over the course of the season," said MSU head coach Jacquie Joseph. "I have said all along that Lindsey may be one of the greatest players that has ever come through Michigan State, and this certainly speaks volumes to success she had on the field. Lindsey will be deeply missed by the team next year, both on and off the field."
Hansen started all 54 contests at shortstop for the Spartans during the year. The 2011 campaign was a historic one for Hansen, as she broke both the school's single-season home run record and career-home run record during her senior year with 20 and 42, respectively. Hansen also tied the team's single-game home run record with two against Central Michigan on April 26.
Hansen became only the fourth player in program history to hit for 0.400, or better, when she posted an average of 0.404 for the season (third best at MSU). Her 56 RBIs and 53 runs scored list her tops in MSU's single season-hitting records, while her 31 extra-base hits are tied for second. Not only did Hansen get it done at the plate, but the Valparaiso, Fla., native also led the conference in the field with 145 assists. On the base paths, Hansen recorded 23 stolen bases on 24 attempts, ranking tied for fourth all-time in program history for a single-season performance. Her 18 consecutive stolen bases is the fourth-longest streak in school history.
Nationally, Hansen ended the regular season fifth in home runs (20), sixth in slugging (0.891), seventh in homers a game (0.37) and 14th in triples (five). Hansen posted two 10-game hit streaks on the season to tie for the most-consecutive during the year for MSU. During her first streak, Hansen went a team-leading 16-for-32 (0.500) at the plate, blasting five home runs and eight extra-base hits. Hansen's second streak saw her go 0.452 at the plate with a team-best five extra-base hits and 11 runs scored.
Earlier this spring, Hansen was also honored as a first-team All-Great Lakes Region selection as well as a second-team All-Big Ten pick.
Since 1983, the Spartans have had seven different players selected as NFCA All-Americans, six of which earned honors under the tutelage of Joseph. Hansen becomes the first honoree since (Beech) Bograkos was a second-team selection in 2004.
Complete 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Selections First Team
P Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State University
P Jolene Henderson, University of California, Berkeley
P Chelsea Thomas, University of Missouri
C Kaylyn Castillo, Arizona State University
1B Megan Bush, University of Florida
2B Lauren Gibson, University of Tennessee
3B Amanda Chidester, University of Michigan
SS Ashley Hansen, Stanford University
OF Kayla Braud, University of Alabama
OF Kelsey Bruder, University of Florida
OF Brittany Lastrapes, University of Arizona
UT/Pitcher Jackie Traina, University of Alabama
UT/Non-Pitcher Andrea Harrison, University of California, Los Angeles
At-Large-SS Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State University
At-Large-P Kelsey Dunne, University of Alabama
At-Large-1B Adrienne Monka, Northwestern University
At-Large-P Keilani Ricketts, University of Oklahoma
At-Large-UT/NP Brittany Schutte, University of Florida
P Kenzie Fowler, University of Arizona
P Blaire Luna, University of Texas
P Hannah Rogers, University of Florida
C Jessica Shults, University of Oklahoma
1B Hoku Nohara, New Mexico State University
2B Ashley Lane, University of Michigan
3B Brigette Del Ponte, University of Arizona
SS Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech
OF Raven Chavanne, University of Tennessee
OF Ashley Fleming, University of Missouri
OF Megan Wiggins, University of Georgia
UT/Pitcher Melissa Dumezich, Texas A&M University
UT/Non-Pitcher Niki Williams, University of Washington
At-Large-P Whitney Canion, Baylor University
At-Large-3B Alisa Goler, University of Georgia
At-Large-SS Whitney Larsen, University of Alabama
At-Large-SS Jenn Salling, University of Washington
At-Large-P Jordan Taylor, University of Michigan
P Jen Mineau, Fordham University
P Sara Plourde, University of Massachusetts
P Ellen Renfroe, University of Tennessee
C Taylor Edwards, University of Nebraska
1B Gabriele Bridges, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2B Aja Paculba, University of Florida
3B Heather Johnson, University of Notre Dame
SS Dani Leal, Baylor University
OF Bree Evans, University of Michigan
OF Jamia Reid, University of California, Berkeley
OF Rhea Taylor, University of Missouri
UT/Pitcher Aimee Creger, University of Tulsa
UT/Non-Pitcher Dani Miller, University of Notre Dame
At-Large-SS Lindsey Hansen, Michigan State University
At-Large-P Brittany Mack, Louisiana State University
At-Large-OF Michelle Moultrie, University of Florida
At-Large-OF Christi Orgeron, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
At-Large-2B Danielle Zymkowitz, University of Illinois