MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's post season run all the way to the Women's College World Series catapulted the Wahine softball team to its highest season-ending ranking ever and put the spotlight on U.H. freshman slugger Kelly Majam.
Tuesday ESPN.com named Majam to its All-American first team.
Also Tuesday the Wahine rose to No. 7 in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls.
Majam, one of UH's freshman phenoms, finished as the NCAA DI home run queen with 30-a new UH and WAC record. Majam is the first Hawai`i player to ever lead the nation in home runs. She also set new school marks with 81 runs scored and 44 walks. Majam led the 'Bows this season with a .400 average (84-for-210) while hitting 15 doubles, two triples, and driving in 60 runs. On defense, she had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 79 put-outs and six assists in centerfield.
On top of leading the nation in home runs, Majam ended the 2010 season ranked fourth in the NCAA DI with 1.23 runs scored per game; fifth with a .919 slugging percentage; 27th with a .519 on-base percentage; and 42nd in batting average at .400.
Majam has also earned Louisville-Slugger/NFCA second team All-American honors, was named WAC Freshman of the Year and was a first team All-WAC selection this season.
Hawai'i posted a 50-16 overall record-hitting the 50-win mark for just the third time-en route to its first ever appearance in the WCWS. The 'Bows won both the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles before sweeping through the Stanford Regional, where they defeated UC Davis, No. 15/17 Stanford and Texas Tech. Hawai'i, the 16th seed in the NCAA tournament, then won the Tuscaloosa Super Regional, defeating the No. 1 seed Alabama. The 'Bows lost the first game, 8-0 in five innings, but bounced back and held on to an 8-7 win in the second game of the double header that snapped the Crimson Tide's 28-game win streak. Hawa'i then punched their ticket to the WCWS on Jenna Rodriguez's dramatic two-run, two-out, walk off home run to defeat Alabama, 5-4.
The Rainbow Wahine entered the postseason ranked 19th in the ESPN.com poll and 23rd in the NFCA poll. In the WCWS, UH defeated Missouri before losing to Arizona and eventual champion, UCLA, to close their season.
Hawai'i shattered the previous NCAA single season home record of 134 set last season by Arizona with 158 homers this season. Eight Rainbow Wahine had at least 11 home runs, lead by All-American Kelly Majam's NCAA-best, 30. Thirteen different UH players hit at least one round-tripper this season. The 'Bows also set new single-season records in most runs scored (488), most RBI (449), most doubles (92), most walks (185), and most hits (578).