June 8, 2009
The UCLA softball team handed out its annual awards at Sunday's end-of-the-year banquet. Junior Megan Langenfeld was named the team's Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, while sophomore Katie Schroeder earned Offensive MVP honors.
The Freshman of the Year was Andrea Harrison, while junior Julie Burney and sophomore Monica Harrison were the co-Defensive MVP's. Monica Harrison was also honored with the Shelly Aguilar Academic Award, while junior Kaila Shull received the Sharron Backus Award for the player best representing all facets of UCLA softball both on and off the field. The Quiet Thunder Award for the Bruin that best leads by example went to sophomore Grace Murray and the Stacy Winsberg Award for the gutsiest Bruin went to senior Amanda Kamekona.
Langenfeld carried the Bruins down the stretch both at the plate and in the circle. With her bat, she finished second on the team with a .369 batting average, hitting .529 over the last two months of the season and .615 in the postseason. Langenfeld was also second in on base percentage at .471, adding eight doubles, seven home runs, 30 RBI and 20 walks. The junior reached base in 20 of her last 21 games, posting at least one hit in 18 of those contests. In the circle, the Lisa Fernandez Award winner as the team's best hurler went 17-3 with a 1.24 earned run average and 112 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings. Langenfeld threw the school's 100th no-hitter on April 11 against Washington and became the school's all-time saves leader against Stanford on March 27. Of the Bruins' last 19 wins, Megan had a hand in 15 of them with 14 victories and one save. Langenfeld racked up the postseason awards, earning first-team NFCA and Easton All-American honors, NFCA All-West Region accolades and first-team All-Pac-10 plaudits. During the year, she twice received Pac-10 Pitcher and NFCA National Player of the Week honors and was also named USA Softball National POW.
Schroeder led the Bruins with a .402 batting average, 14 home runs, 55 runs scored, a .684 slugging percentage, 33 walks, a .516 on base percentage, 19 stolen bases and 18 multiple-hit contests. She was named a first-team NFCA and Easton All-American, also earning NFCA All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. Schroeder became the sixth Bruin to hit at least 10 home runs and steal at least 10 bases in the same season. The sophomore posted four hitting streaks of at least seven games and had hits in 23 of her last 26 contests.
Burney and Harrison helped lead a left side of the infield that committed only 12 errors, the fewest number of miscues for any third base/shortstop combo in the Pac-10. The six errors for Burney were tied for the fewest among starting conference third baseman and she went 28 straight games and 111 consecutive chances without an error from Feb. 8 to March 28. Harrison also had only six errors, the fewest among starting Pac-10 shortstops, and did not make an error over a span of 30 games and 90 chances in the field from Feb. 21 to April 25. As a team, the Bruins posted the Pac-10's top fielding percentage (.977) and the fourth-best total in school history. Harrison also earned the Aguilar Academic Award for the best grade point average from Spring 2008 to Winter 2009.
Kamekona was the Stacy Winsberg Award winner for gutsiest Bruin. She led UCLA with 19 doubles, the second-best single-season total in school history, and was one of five Bruins to start all 56 games. She was second on the club with 40 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases and finished fifth with nine homers and a .318 batting average. Kamekona was named third-team NFCA All-America, second-team Easton All-America, first-team All-Pac-10 and NFCA All-West Region. The senior finishes her UCLA career fourth in school annals in slugging percentage at .610.
Andrea Harrison, the Freshman of the Year, was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team and the honorable mention All-Pac-10 squad. She started all 56 games in left field and hit .303 with eight home runs and 34 runs batted in. Harrison led the team with 12 sacrifice hits and didn't make an error in 61 chances during Pac-10 and postseason play.
Shull, the Sharron Backus Award winner, led the Bruins with 59 runs batted in, five sacrifice flies and 18 multiple-RBI games. She was second with a .683 slugging percentage and 12 home runs and finished third with a .360 batting average and 12 doubles. An Easton third-team All-American and a member of the NFCA All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 squads, Shull hit .357 during the postseason with four runs batted in and had a .997 fielding percentage behind the plate.
Murray, the recipient of the Quiet Thunder Award, scored 15 runs in 36 pinch-running appearances. She stole her first career base against Longwood on March 8 and made her first career putout in the field at Oregon State on April 17.