Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2014.
May 14, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team and four other University of Utah softball student-athletes - Kate Dickman, Bridget Castro, Anissa Urtez and Sammy Cordova - were honored with postseason awards from the league office as well.
I'm proud of all five of these young ladies," Utah Head Coach Amy Hogue said. "Each of them are very deserving of these Pac-12 honors. We had one of our most successful seasons and these five led us all year. I'm super happy for each of them!"
Flippen was a first-team all-league pick after leading the Pac-12 with 163 assists from her second base position and was second with six triples. She tied for second in the Pac-12 with 27 double plays turned and tied third in the Pac-12 with 68 hits. In the league-only stats, Flippen tied for second with four sacrifice bunts and 15 turned double plays. Against league foes, Flippen turned in a team-high .362 average and was second with a .393 mark overall. A member of the NFCA's Freshman of the Year Watch List, Flippen was also third on the squad with 17 multi-hit games to go with 44 hits and 19 RBI. She was 3-for-4 with two with doubles and two RBI against No. 3 Oregon on Mar. 22 before going 3-for-3 with an RBI at No. 1 UCLA on Mar. 29. She went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles vs. Cal on May 1.
Dickman received accolades from the conference for the third straight year after receiving an Honorable Mention nod. Dickman was second in the Pac-12 with 80 hits and 59 runs scored, tied for third with 16 doubles, and seventh with a .415 batting average. She recorded a team-high 24 multi-hit games and 13 games with two or more RBI. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI against Oregon State on Apr. 4, had two hits, including an RBI double against Stanford on Apr. 18 and registered two hits and two RBI versus the Cardinal on Apr. 19.
Urtez picked up an Honorable Mention nod after finishing second in the Pac-12 with 149 assists at shortstop and tied for second in the Pac-12 with 27 double plays turned. The shortstop from Long Beach, Calif., tied for fifth in the league with seven sacrifice bunts and ranked sixth with 55 RBI. She hit for a .353 average and was second on squad with 18 extra-base hits with 10 doubles, three triples and tied for third on the team with six homers. Urtez had two hits with an RBI against No. 3 Oregon on Mar. 22 before going 3-for-4 with three RBI versus the Ducks on Mar. 23. She then hit and RBI double in the series finale against Oregon on Mar. 24. Urtez was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI triple in a win over Oregon State on Apr. 5. She recorded a 2-for-3 day with a double and homer totaling a career-high of six RBI vs. Stanford on Apr. 17.
Flippen, Castro and Urtez were each named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team.
Cordova earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention and received Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors on May 5 after recording two complete-game victories against Cal. Cordova's first career complete-game shutout came against Cal on May 1, when she allowed six hits in 6.0 innings with a career-high-tying five strikeouts. She allowed two earned runs on six hits to go with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in 7.0 innings against the Golden Bears on May 3. She threw a total of eight complete games during her freshman campaign. Cordova did not allow a run in the first 3.2 innings and yielded four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings at No. 1 UCLA on Mar. 31. She allowed two earned runs on eight hits to go with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings during win over Oregon State on Apr. 4.