USU softball: Thomsen recognized as Easton Second-Team All-American

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 11 2012 5:07 p.m. MDT

The 2012 Easton Fastpitch All-American Teams and Teams of the Year were announced today with Utah State's junior infielder Christine Thomsen earning second-team honors. Athletes selected to the Easton All-American teams are those who have had an outstanding season in the circle, and those who have shown Easton power and prowess at the plate. Thomsen was one of 47 athletes noticed by Easton. This is the first All-American Team award by a USU softball player since 1993 when Kathy Beasley received second team honors, and DeAnne Earsley earned third-team honorees.

Thomsen was one of four players from the Beehive State to receive the Easton honor. Brigham Young's Delaney Willard was a first-team honoree, while fellow teammate JC Clayton earned second-team honors. Southern Utah's Mikkel Griffin also received second-team honors. Thomsen, Willard and Clayton join Hawai'i's Stephanie Ricketts and Jessica Iwata as the only Western Athletic Conference players honored by Easton.

"It is great to see Christine (Thomsen) receiving the recognition she worked for and earned this year. Christine is a smart hitter and always does what is necessary for the team to succeed. I am proud of Christine and all of her hard work," Utah State head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba said.

Thomsen finished the season batting .418 with a .614 slugging percentage and only seven strikeouts in 158 at bats. She also posted a team-high 66 hits, 14 doubles, 97 total bases and was tied for the second-most RBIs on the team with 22. Thomsen proved she was more than just a big bat at the plate as she was able to post a .993 fielding percentage while manning first base for the Aggies.

Those named Easton All-American include 47 athletes from 25 institutions. 2012 National Champion Alabama, UCLA and CSU Monterey Bay led the way with four Easton All-Americans each. Due to the number of deserving candidates who were considered for this award, Easton has named "NCAA Division I All-Americans," and "Non-Division I All-Americans."

2012 Easton NCAA Division I First Team All-American Valerie Ariota, California, Senior Lexy Bennett, Texas, Senior Camilla Carrera, UTEP, Senior Andrea Harrison, UCLA, Senior Jolene Henderson, California, Junior Kaila Hunt, Alabama, Sophomore Stephany LaRosa, UCLA, Freshman Amanda Locke, Alabama, Senior Michelle Moultrie, Florida, Senior Jamia Reid, California, Senior Katie Schroeder, UCLA, Senior Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i, Senior Hannah Rogers, Florida, Sophomore Jackie Traina, Alabama, Sophomore Delaney Willard, BYU, Senior

2012 Easton NCAA Division I Second Team All-American Jenna Caira, Syracuse, Senior Samantha Camuso, UCLA, Senior JC Clayton, BYU, Junior Jennifer Fenton, Alabama, Senior Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa, Sophomore Jessica Garcia, New Mexico, Senior Mikkel Griffin, Southern Utah, Junior Jessica Iwata, Hawai'i, Junior Cyndil Matthew, Massachusetts, Junior Hayley Miles, San Diego State, Sophomore Lauren Lackey, South Carolina, Senior Blaire Luna, Texas, Junior Sara Plourde, Massachusetts, Senior Leah Taylor, Tennessee Martin, Junior Christine Thomsen, Utah State, Junior Chelsea Troupe, UTEP.

Easton Sports, Inc. also named their 2012 "Team of the Year" award winners: University of Alabama, 2012 NCAA Division I Softball National Champions University of California, 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series Salt Lake Community College, NJCAA Division I National Runner-Up.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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