First, senior Stacey Hagensen led the Pacific Lutheran University softball team to the NCAA Division III title.
And now she has been selected as the D-III female athlete of the year – regardless of sport – in 2011-12.
The pitcher for the Lutes won the Honda Award on Wednesday, and will be honored at a nationally televised (ESPNU) banquet in Los Angeles on June 23.
“I was surprised and very honored when I found out I was selected for this award,” said Hagensen, from Bellevue. “The support that my team and I have received from PLU and the surrounding communities has been overwhelming.”
Hagensen, the Northwest Conference’s two-time pitcher of the year, posted a 28-5 record with a 0.97 earned-run average for the Lutes this season. She won all eight games in PLU’s sweep through the NCAA tournament, including a 3-0 victory over defending champion Linfield in the championship game.
The Honda Award recognizes not only athletic achievement, but academic and civic accomplishments as well. She graduated as a double major in economics and mathematics, and was involved in many on-campus clubs, including Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, math tutor and residence hall president.
The only PLU athlete to be nominated for this award previously was All-American catcher Shannon Fritzke in 2002.
Also, Hagensen and her teammates will be honored at the Seattle Mariners’ game Sunday at Safeco Field. Hagensen will throw out the first firstname.lastname@example.org