May 10, 2007
DALLAS, Texas --- Kirsten Shortridge was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and Chelsi Lake became the first player in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection selection as the No. 5 Baylor softball team landed six players on the All-Big 12 Conference squad the conference office announced on Thursday.
Joining Lake and Shortridge on the first-team all conference squad are seniors Ashley Monceaux and Lisa Ferguson as well as sophomore Brette Reagan. Senior Miriam Romero earned second-team honors for the Lady Bears.
Lake, a senior from Keller, Texas, earns her third selection to the all-conference squad as she is currently hitting .305 on the season with eight home runs and 41 RBI on the year. In conference play, Lake is batting .340 with two home runs and 13 RBI.
Shortridge becomes the second consecutive Baylor player to earn Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year honors after Reagan won the award last season. Shortridge was a perfect 6-0 in Big 12 play with a 1.68 ERA as she has also excelled at the plate, hitting .324 with eight runs scored. For the season, Shortridge is 16-3 with a 1.84 ERA while hitting .362 from the plate.
Monceaux earns her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor as the senior leads the Lady Bears with a .405 average, 16 home runs and 58 RBI on the year.
Reagan, who earned second-team honors a year ago, has posted a .367 average with 10 home runs and 43 RBI. The sophomore from Tomball, Texas, led Baylor with a .449 average, six home runs and 21 RBI in conference play.
Rounding out the members of the first-team is Ferguson. Baylor's career leader in victories, the senior right-hander set a new single-season career high with 21 victories as Ferguson, who picked up her second career all-conference honor, enters post-season play with a 21-7 record and 2.06 ERA.
Romero picked up her first all-conference honor as the senior center fielder is currently batting .314 on the season with 22 runs scored.
The five first-team selections tied Oklahoma for the most in the Big 12 Conference and were the most in school history as the six overall selections tied the 2006 squad for the most in school history.
Baylor will open play at the Big 12 Conference Championship on Friday, May 11, when the Lady Bears face the winner of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State at 7:00 p.m. from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.