Three MSU softball players earn all-conference honors
After the MSU softball team concluded its season last weekend, the Spartans had three players selected for All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Wednesday. Junior catcher Brett Williams was named First Team All-Big Ten, and senior shortstop Lindsey Hansen and junior third baseman Ali Grant were second and third team honorees, respectively.
Finishing the season with a .336 batting average, this is Williams’ first conference award. She hit 13 home runs this season, ranking her 63rd in the nation.
For her second All-Big Ten award, Hansen ended the season with a .404 batting average and 20 home runs — good for fifth in the nation. Her 20 home runs give her the Spartan record for most in a single season and gave her a boost toward ranking first in career home runs at 42.
Grant earned her first conference distinction after finishing the season with a .319 batting average. She led the Spartans with 12 doubles this season, ranking her fifth in the Big Ten in the category.
In addition to MSU’s All-Big Ten honors, senior outfielder Jessica Bracamonte was given the conference Sportsmanship Award — given to an individual who demonstrates sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the field. Bracamonte’s final Spartan season ended after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in March and then her medial collateral ligament in April.
Hansen and Williams also were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams — first- and second-team, respectively — the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association announced Thursday.