EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Three members of the Michigan State softball team have received All-Big Ten honors, as announced by the conference office this afternoon (May 18). Earning first-team honors was junior catcher Brett Williams. Senior shortstop Lindsey Hansen was a second-team honoree while junior third baseman Ali Grant earned third-team distinction.
With the addition of Grant, Hansen and Williams, MSU now has a total of 60 individuals who have been recognized by the Big Ten on the All-Conference list.
For Williams this marks her first career conference accolade. Williams posted a 0.336 batting average overall, bringing that total to a team-best 0.382 in conference-only action. Williams was joined by Hansen in conference-only games with a team-best five home runs, ranking fifth in the conference.
Williams led all conference catchers on the year with her five homers and her .382 batting average, the 10th-best mark in the Big Ten this season. Of her 34 runs on the season, 13 of which were tallied during the 20-game conference slate. Williams was a regular in the conferenceâ€™s top-5 slugging percentage all year long, ending the regular season ranked fourth overall with a .764 mark for conference contests.
Nationally, Williams ranked 63rd in home runs with 13, a mark which is tied for the second-most in a single season at MSU, while her 0.691 slugging percentage was 82nd.
This marks Hansenâ€™s second All-Big Ten distinction in her career, as she was a third-team honoree in 2010. During the 2011 season, Hansen led all conference shortstops during the Big Ten season in runs, doubles, triples, home runs, extra base hits, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, on-base percentage, stolen base percentage, assists and fielding percentage.
Hansen was a force at the plate and in the field all season long for MSU as she ranked tops in the conference in all games played in home runs, slugging percentage, assists and total bases. Her 20 homers on the year is a program-best for a single-season performance, boosting her career total to a school record 42 home runs.
Hansen ended the regular season fifth nationally in home runs (20), sixth in slugging (0.891), and 14th in triples (five).
Grant earns her first conference laurel after finishing the season with the teamâ€™s third-best batting average of 0.319. Of MSUâ€™s 20 conference contests, Grant has started 18 games at third base and one at second.
Grant led the Spartans as well as all third baseman in the conference this season in doubles with 12, good enough for fifth-most overall in the Big Ten. Her eight extra-base hits rank her tops in the conference for her position, too. On the field, Grant ranked third on the team with her 69 assists, bringing her ranking up to second in conference-only games with 33.
Senior Jessica Bracamonte was named Michigan State’s recipient of the Sportsmanship Award from the Big Ten. Bracamonte was chosen as an individual who has distinguished herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior both on and off the field.