Mariah Ramirez was named to the NFCA Pacific Region Second Team.
May 15, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Three University of Utah softball players received NFCA All-Pacific Region recognition as freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen was named to the first team, junior pitcher/utility player Mariah Ramirez was selected to the second team and freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez earned a third-team nod.
Flippen was a First Team All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman Team pick after leading the conference 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 for third 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 on the squad 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 19 RBI. The Bonita, Calif., native went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI against Northwestern on Feb. 8. 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. She also had a 6-for-8 day with five RBI during the Apr. 22 doubleheader versus Southern Utah.
Ramirez earned a spot on the NFCA Pacific Region Second Team in the pitcher/utility player position after hitting .267 at the plate with six extra-base hits for 20 RBI to go along with a 5-5 record on the mound in 82.0 innings of work.
At the plate, Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Western Michigan on Feb. 7, hit an RBI double against Seton Hall on Mar. 7 and connected on an RBI single at Washington on Mar. 14. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native registered a two-run single versus No. 1 Oregon on Mar. 22 and registered two hits for three RBI in the second game of the doubleheader at Weber State on Apr. 8. Ramirez turned in a two-RBI double in the first game of doubleheader at Utah Valley on Apr. 14 and recorded two hits and two RBI in the second game at UVU. She hit an RBI single in the series opener versus Stanford, doubled and tripled for four RBI in the first game of an Apr. 21 doubleheader versus UVU before smacking an RBI double in the second game. She turned in an RBI double in the first game of a doubleheader versus Southern Utah on Apr. 22 and registered an RBI single in the second game against SUU.
Urtez, who was also a Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection, finished second in the league with 149 assists at shortstop and tied for second 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, 10 doubles, three triples and six homers. Urtez went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a home run in her career debut vs. Boise State. She 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 an 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.