SEATTLE – The Washington Huskies had three players selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Teams, as announced by the NFCA on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies three All-American selections are tied for the most of any school in the nation this year.
Senior outfielder Victoria Hayward was named a 1st Team All-American, while senior 1st baseman Hooch Fagaly and junior infielder/outfielder Kylee Lahners were selected as 3rd Team All-Americans. This is the first All-American honor for each player.
“It's an honor to have our student athletes be recognized by the NFCA as All-Americans,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “We are really proud of how hard Victoria, Hooch and Kylee have worked throughout their careers to develop into the players they've become.”
Hayward finished the year with career-highs in batting at .414, doubles with 10, stolen bases with 28, and walks with 31. Hayward led the Pac-12 in stolen bases and was 5th in batting. Between March 2 - 23, Hayward hit .393 during a 10-game hitting streak, three games shy of equaling her career-high 13-game hitting streak set in 2012.
Throughout her four years at Washington, Hayward appeared in all but two games for the Huskies. On March 31, Hayward was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion in the 2014 NPF Draft.
Fagaly put up a career-best .346 batting average this season and led the Pac-12 with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage. Fagaly did not commit an error in 310 chances at 1st base. Fagaly also hit eight home runs and drove in 34 RBI and provided some late-season heroics at the plate.
On April 18, Fagaly hit a walk-off home run vs. Arizona State to give the Huskies a 3-2 win. Two weeks later to the date, Fagaly hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning to lift the Huskies to an 11-7 win over Arizona. Fagaly hit her second grand slam of the season as the Huskies advanced to Super Regionals with a 9-0 win over Northwestern on May 17.
Lahners provided offensive firepower for the Huskies all season, batting .346 with 17 home runs, and 61 RBI and shattering career-highs in each category. Lahners finished 3rd in the Pac-12 in home runs and 4th in RBI.
Lahners opened the season with a torrid start. After batting .400 with three home runs and 13 RBI over five games in the first week of the season, Lahners was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. A week later, Lahners batted .643 with two doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI and earned her first of two Pac-12 Player of the Week awards this year.
“To have three of our players named All-American says a lot about the strength and depth in our program,” Tarr said. “We are so proud of the accomplishments of our team and our players this season.”
The Huskies three All-Americans selections are the most since 2010 when the team also had three honorees. The Huskies all-time record for All-Americans is five, set in 1996.