STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second consecutive year, Boise State softball player Kathy Cox has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-Region team. Cox was the lone third baseman named to the second team in the Pacific region and the only member of the WAC to earn the postseason award in that region.
"Kathy has been extremely consistent throughout this year and her two-year career with us," said head coach Erin Thorpe. "There is no doubt that she deserves this honor and she will definitely be missed next year."
Cox, a senior from Gresham, Ore., completed her senior season by leading the Broncos to a third-place finish in the WAC regular season standings as well as in the conference tournament. She led the team in many offensive categories by bettering many of her totals from 2009. Cox led the team with a .361 batting average, 21 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and 69 hits. All of those numbers sit atop the record lists in the brief history of the program. Cox also swiped 13 bases in 13 attempts this year and walked 21 times, which both rank second on the team.
After a stellar senior campaign, Cox also leaves Boise State with many career records in the Broncos' two-year history. Her .352 career batting average, 32 home runs, 16 doubles, 91 RBI, 91 runs scored, 240 total bases and 128 hits all ranks tops in the career record books for the Broncos. In addition to the many records set at Boise State, Cox also set a WAC Tournament record with four homers in the 2010 tournament and tied another record with eight RBI.
The All-Region selection, as a senior, caps off a career clean sweep of postseason awards from the NFCA. Cox was a two-time All-American at the junior college level before coming to Boise State for the inaugural season in 2009. She made an immediate impact as a Bronco and earned All-Region honors as a junior and, now, as a senior. She is the only Bronco to earn the honor from the NFCA. Cox was also named to the All-WAC first team last week as well as the All-Tournament team.
Cox was one of eight members from the WAC to be named to their respective All-Region teams. Hawaii placed five players on the All-West region team while New Mexico State and Fresno State each had one player earn All-West region honors.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.
Pacific Region First Team
Pos. Name School
P Joelene Henderson University of California
P Danielle Lawrie University of Washington
C Shawna Wright University of Washington
1B Andrea Ramirez Brigham Young University
2B Kristin Delahoussaye Brigham Young University
3B Angeline Quiocho Brigham Young University
SS Jenn Salling University of Washington
UT/P Valerie Arioto University of California
UT/DP Niki Williams University of Washington
OF Samantha Pappas University of Oregon
OF Kimi Pohlman University of Washington
OF Jamia Reid University of California
Pos. Name School
P Paige Affleck Brigham Young University
P Jessica Moore University of Oregon
C Jessica Purcell-Fitu Brigham Young University
1B Christine Thomsen Colorado State University
2B Shannon Thomas University of California
3B Kathy Cox Boise State University
SS Caitlan Stem Colorado State University
UT/P Alex Holmes University of California, Davis
UT/DP Lea Cavestany Oregon State University
OF Allie Burger University of Oregon
OF Kara Foster University of Utah
OF Michelle Mounts St. Mary's College of California