Oklahoma State senior second baseman Alysia Hamilton was recently named a first-team All-Big 12 selection. Third baseman and leadoff hiter senior Mariah Gearhart, and junior shortstop Chelsea Garcia were named to the second team.
Hamilton finished the regular season with a .396 batting average, the second-highest in the Big 12 Conference. She also ranked second in hits with 65 and tied for the league lead with 15 doubles.
Gearhart, the Cowgirls’ leadoff hitter, established a school record with 178 career runs scored as well as a career-high 112 stolen bases. She is hitting .365 this season with 47 runs scored, the seventh-most in the Big 12 this season.
Garcia is Oklahoma State’s leading home run hitter with 12 this season. She also has 51 runs batted in, the seventh-most by a Big 12 player this season. The Cowgirl shortstop is also an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and was named first-team Academic All-District VI.
This marks the third all-conference honor for both Hamilton (second team in 2008, first team in 2010) and Gearhart (second team in 2008 and 2009). For Garcia, it was her second-straight second-team award.
Hamilton is just the sixth two-time first-team honoree in OSU history since the Big 12 formed in 1996, joining Jaime Foutch, Leanne Tyler, Kristi Bölle, Ryan Realmuto and Lauren Bay. She is the first back-to-back first-team selection from OSU since Bay was named from 2001-03, according to Oklahoma State’s website – www.okstate.com
Here are their stat lines through the regular season.
Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG%
21 Hamilton, Alysia. .392 52-52 158 40 62 13 0 5 33 90 .570
2 Gearhart, Mariah. .370 51-51 154 47 57 6 1 2 13 71 .461
8 Garcia, Chelsea.. .340 52-52 150 30 51 7 0 11 49 91 .607
Big 12 Awards
Coach of the year: Ehren Earleywine, Missouri
Player of the year: Ammy Hooks, Texas, catcher
Pitcher of the year: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
Freshman of the year: Taylor Thorn, Texas, shortstop
Defensive players of the year: Natalie Villareal, Texas A&M second base, Megan Christopher, Missouri, catcher.
Dani Leal, SS Baylor
Kathey Shelton, OF Baylor
Whitney Canion, P Baylor
Chelsea Thomas, P, Missouri
Nicole Hudson, 3B, Missouri
Abby Vock, 2B, Missouri
Jenna Marston, SS, Missouri
Ashley Hagermann, P, Nebraska
Keilani Rickets, P, Oklahoma
Chana’e Jones, 1B, Oklahoma
Destinee Martinez, OF, Oklahoma
Alysia Hamilton, 2B, Oklahoma State
Amy Hooks, C, Texas
Taylor Thorn, SS, Texas
Blaire Luna, P, Texas
Taylor Hoagland, OF, Texas
Natalie Villareal, 2B, Texas A&M
Mei Dumezich, P, UT, Texas A&M
Kelsey Spittier, OF, Texas A&M