OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — University of Hawai‘i softball players Jessica Iwata and Stephanie Ricketts were named to the 2011 Easton All-America second and third teams, respectively, on Tuesday. It is the first All-America honors for both players, states a release from the UH athletic department.
Iwata, UH’s sophomore shortstop and two-time WAC Player of the Year, led the ‘Bows with a .355 average (60 for 169), .663 slugging percentage, and .447 on-base percentage. The Lihu‘e native and 2009 Kaua‘i High School graduate also led UH in runs scored (43), hits (60), home runs (15), and RBIs (44) and finished the season on a nine-game hitting streak. She accumulated more multiple-hit games (16) and multiple-RBI games (13) than any other Rainbow Wahine this season. Iwata was also voted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s all-West Region second team for the second year in a row.
Ricketts, who earned back-to-back WAC Pitcher of the Year awards, posted a 22-11 record this past year as a junior and had her best statistical season as a Rainbow Wahine with career-bests in ERA (1.58), complete games (30), shutouts (9), and strikeouts (250), while holding opponents to a .193 batting average.
In 2011, the junior from San Jose, Calif. and Archbishop Mitty High School broke former UH All-American Brooke Wilkins’ 16-year-old career strikeout record with 589. She also became just the second Rainbow Wahine to win at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons.
For her career, Ricketts is now ranked second in the UH record books with 74 wins; third in appearances (127) and games started (107); fourth in innings pitched (712.1) and fifth in shutouts (23). Ricketts also earned All-West Region honors for the third time in as many seasons.
The last Hawai‘i players to earn Easton All-American honors were Kate Robinson, Clare Warwick and Tyleen Tausaga in 2007. Iwata and Ricketts became just the 12th and 13th Rainbow Wahine, respectively, to earn the honor. Easton did not give out All-America honors in 2010.
Athletes selected to the Easton All-American teams are those who have had an outstanding season, and who have been stalwarts for their Easton sponsored team.
2011 Easton NCAA Division I All-American — First Team
Kayla Braud, University of Alabama, Sophomore
Kelsey Bruder, University of Florida, Senior
Megan Bush, University of Florida, Senior
Kelsi Dunne, University of Alabama, Senior
Andrea Harrison, UCLA, Junior
Jolene Henderson, University of California, Berkeley, Sophomore
Whitney Larsen, University of Alabama, Senior
Blaire Luna, University of Texas, Sophomore
Hannah Rogers, University of Florida, Freshman
Brittany Schutte, University of Florida, Sophomore
Jackie Traina, University of Alabama, Freshman
Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech, Junior
2011 Easton NCAA Division I All-American — Second Team
Paige Affleck, Brigham Young University, Senior
Allison Garcia, Bethune-Cookman University, Senior
Amy Hooks, University of Texas, Senior
Jessica Iwata, University of Hawai’i, Sophomore
Michelle Moultrie, University of Florida, Junior
Kara Nelson, Illinois State University, Senior
Aja Paculba, University of Florida, Senior
Jessica Phillips, Binghamton University, Sophomore
Sara Plourde, University of Massachusetts, Junior
Jamia Reid, University of California, Berkeley, Junior
April Setterlund, Boston Univerity, Senior
Megan Yocke, University of Kentucky, Senior
2011 Easton NCAA Division I All-American — Third Team
Meagan Aull, Univerity of Kentucky, Senior
Melanie Bryant, University of Central Arkansas, Sophomore
Bailey Mietich, San Diego State University, Junior
Michelle Moses, Fresno State University, Junior
Courtney Platt, Florida Gulf Coast University, Senior
Jessica Purcell-Fitu, Brigham Young University, Senior
Ashley Ray, Nicholls State University, Junior
Stephanie Ricketts, University of Hawai’i, Junior
Kelly Strickland, Liberty University, Junior
Andie Varsho, Purdue University, Freshman
Jace Williams, University of California, Berkeley, Junior