June 8, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins has been named the Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
A scholar-athlete of the year is named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports.
Hawkins is the first Oregon student-athlete to earn a Pac-12 scholar-athlete of the year award this academic year and the first from the Oregon softball program to win it. She is the first from Oregon to earn the award since Laura Roesler won for women’s track and field in 2013-14.
Hawkins, who as a senior in 2016 was named both an All-American for the third straight season and an Academic All-American for the third straight year, owns a 3.82 GPA in family and human services while also leading the Pac-12 with a 1.77 ERA, .168 opponent batting average and 257 strikeouts. She was second in the conference with 24 wins.
Hawkins joined Janie Takeda as the only players in program history to be a three-time All-American and she is the first to be a repeat Academic All-American, much less a three-time selection.
The lefty is also the first in league history to earn Pac-12 pitcher of the year three times.
Each year the conference honors one senior in each sport who excels in both athletics and academics. The Pac-12 established the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in 2007-08 to recognize its outstanding senior student-athletes.