Clark Makes History with All-Region Selection
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kristen Clark continues to reel in postseason hardware, as the freshman was named All-Pacific Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.
Clark is UCSB's first freshman field player to garner all-region status and the first Gaucho to be earn the accolade since 2009 when Krista Cobb and Christine Ramos were selected to the first team and second team, respectively. Cobb became the first UCSB freshman to be selected All-Pacific that year as a pitcher.
This is just the most recent accolade for the Danville, Calif. native, as she was named the Big West Freshman of the Year and an all-conference first teamer earlier this week. The NFCA previously honored Clark this season when they voted her as a finalist for the National Freshman of the Year.
Clark played a major role in leading UCSB to its best regular season finish in program history. At 34-20, the Gauchos not only tied the school record for most wins in a single season, but they also recorded the best single season winning percentage ever (.630).
Clark had as prolific a season a Gaucho has had this year, as she set the program records for single season hits (90) and single season batting average (.437). Those hits rank her third in the Big West record book, while they are also the most by a conference player since 1990. Her batting average was fifth in league history and was the best since 2007.
The Pacific Region is loaded with talent, as it has No. 1 Oregon and nationally ranked Washington among its members.