Jan. 7, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Megan Langenfeld, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Women's College World Series, has been named the 2010 Sportswoman of the Year and will be honored at the sixth annual LA Sports Awards, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The Sportswoman award is given to the local female athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.
The awards show will be televised on FSN Prime Ticket (initial airing will be on Feb. 25) and will include special appearances by many of the athletes and coaches whose achievements helped make 2010 such a memorable year in sports.
"I'd like to thank the Los Angeles Sports Council for recognizing me with this honor," Langenfeld said. "It is really nice to be in such great company as (past winners) Allyson Felix, Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie, Misty May and Kerri Walsh. Last year was a special year for UCLA softball and I'm so proud to have helped bring home the 12th national championship for our program and the 106th in school history."
Langenfeld helped the Bruins to their 12th national championship and 11th NCAA softball title. She hit .706 (12-for-17) during the WCWS with four home runs and nine runs batted in. Three of her homers came during the WCWS finals, as she hit two in game one against Arizona, including a walk-off bomb in the eighth inning to give the Bruins a 6-5 victory. The senior also went 3-0 in the circle with 17 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Langenfeld's .706 average was the second-best total for one WCWS, her four homers tied for the most in one WCWS and her eight runs scored set a new record.
For the postseason, Langenfeld hit .593 (16-for-27) with six homers and 11 RBI and was 4-0 in the circle with 20 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
For the season, Langenfeld led the Bruins with a .527 batting average, 20 home runs, 58 runs batted in, a 1.085 slugging percentage, 43 walks and a .667 on base percentage. The slugging and on base percentages set new single-season school records, while the .527 average was the second-best single-season mark in UCLA history. In the circle, she was 14-1 with a 1.53 earned run average, three saves and 76 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings.
Langenfeld was named a first-team NFCA All-American, NFCA All-Region and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. A finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award, Langenfeld was also nominated for an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete.
Previous winners of the award include track and field standout Allyson Felix (2009 and 2007), the Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker (2008) and Lisa Leslie (2006) and beach volleyball stars Misty May and Kerri Walsh (2005).