June 1, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Outfielder Koral Costa, shortstop Nikki Udria and pitcher Cheridan Hawkins have each been named All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the group announced Wednesday.
Costa earned first team All-America recognition while Udria was a second team choice and Hawkins was a third team selection.
Hawkins joins Janie Takeda as the only three-time All-Americans in program history. Costa is the eighth player ever at UO to be named a first team All-American. This is the first time both Costa and Udria have earned All-America recognition.
Costa finished the 2016 season with a team-best .412 batting average which, prior to the start of the Women’s College World Series, ranks third in the Pac-12 and eighth overall in program history. Udria finished just behind Costa with a .405 batting average, currently fourth-best in the league.
The duo also hit for power at a high rate, with Udria’s .769 slugging percentage second-best in the Pac-12 and Costa’s .719 coming in eighth. Udria’s 17 homers are the second-most in UO single-season history and are tied for the third-most in the conference. Costa finishes her career ranked third all-time at UO with 39 home runs.
Hawkins, who also earned All-America honors after her sophomore and junior seasons, paced the Pac-12 with a 1.77 ERA and 257 strikeouts in her senior season. She became Oregon’s all-time leader in wins (108), strikeouts (1,081) and shutouts (33) in 2016 while being the NCAA’s active career leader in all three categories this season as well.
Hawkins and Costa are part of Oregon’s senior class which won a school record 205 games and four straight Pac-12 championships.
Udria will be one of four starters returning in 2017. She will be joined by third baseman Jenna Lilley, second baseman Lauren Lindvall and catcher/designated player Gwen Svekis. Danica Mercado, who appeared in 51 games at multiple positions, will also be back for the 2017 season in addition to pitcher Megan Kleist, who was the co-Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2016.