Five Jayhawks Earn All-Big 12 Honors

May 11, 2005


Five University of Kansas student-athletes earned All-Big 12 honors and three were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team Wednesday at the 2005 Big 12 Softball Tournament banquet. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Juniors Destiny Frankenstein and Heather Stanley earned All-Big 12 First Team honors while Jessica Moppin, Ashley Frazer and Serena Settlemier were named to the all-league second team. Frazer, sophomore Nicole Washburn and senior Kathy McVey each earned Academic All-Big 12 honors for earning a 3.0 GPA or better.

Settlemier is the only Jayhawk to have previously been named all-league, as she was a second team selection as a freshman in 2002, the last time the Jayhawks put five on the All-Big 12 list.

Frankenstein, the reigning Big 12 Player of the week, led the Jayhawks with a .371 batting average, 53 hits, 106 total bases, 14 home runs and a .741 slugging percentage. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native also hit .404 in Big 12 games, slugged .788 and was errorless at shortstop in 17 games.

Stanley, an outfielder from Houston, Texas, batted .303 on the season with 33 hits, six homers and 19 RBI as KU’s lead-off hitter. She notched a .354 batting and .563 slugging percentage in Big 12 games and maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Moppin, named Big 12 Player of the Week on April 26, also batted .303 and led the Jayhawks with 34 RBI in regular season play. The Olathe, Kan., native totaled 47 hits, nine doubles and nine home runs in 50 games at second base this season.

Frazer led the Big 12 with a remarkable .419 batting average in Big 12 games and finished second on the team with a .360 mark in all games. The Shawnee, Kan., outfielder notched 27 hits and was 7-for-8 in stolen bases while earning Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the second straight season.

Settlemier, a pitcher and designated player this season, posted a 13-8 record in the circle in a team-high 142.0 innings and batted .278. The Kelso, Wash., native struck out a team-best 141 batters and had 37 hits with 18 RBI and a .466 slugging percentage at the plate on the season.

Washburn (second team), who played 46 games at first base, and McVey (first team), KU’s only senior in 2005, each earned Academic All-Big 12 honors for the first time.

Texas A&M’s Amanda Scarborough was named Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year while the Aggies’ Jo Evans was Big 12 Coach of Year after leading her team to a regular-season championship. Heather Scaglione of Oklahoma was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Texas’ Cat Osterman was Pitcher of the Year.

KU, the No. 6 seed, opens tournament play Thursday against No. 3 Texas at 11 a.m. All games in the double-elimination field will be played at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.