Spartan senior becomes seventh different All-American. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Lindsey Hansen Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American

Spartan senior becomes seventh different All-American.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Senior shortstop Lindsey Hansen of the Michigan State softball team earned 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America honors, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association today (June 1). Hansen was listed on the third team as an at-large shortstop selection. The three All-America teams, which were announced during the opening ceremonies for the Women’s College World Series, were selected by NFCA-member NCAA Division I coaching representatives.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as an All-American,” said Hansen of her third team selection. “This has been a goal that I have always wanted to accomplish. This is certainly a dream come true, and something I set out to achieve at the start of the season. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Stacey Phillips, Sandy Lewis and Jessica (Beech) Bograkos, amongst others, is definitely is an honor and means the world to me.”

“This honor is something that Lindsey has earned over the course of the season,” said MSU head coach Jacquie Joseph. “I have said all along that Lindsey may be one of the greatest players that has ever come through Michigan State, and this certainly speaks volumes to success she had on the field. Lindsey will be deeply missed by the team next year, both on and off the field.”

Hansen started all 54 contests at shortstop for the Spartans during the year. The 2011 campaign was a historic one for Hansen, as she broke both the school’s single-season home run record and career-home run record during her senior year with 20 and 42, respectively. Hansen also tied the team’s single-game home run record with two against Central Michigan on April 26.

Hansen became only the fourth player in program history to hit for 0.400, or better, when she posted an average of 0.404 for the season (third best at MSU). Her 56 RBIs and 53 runs scored list her tops in MSU’s single season-hitting records, while her 31 extra-base hits are tied for second. Not only did Hansen get it done at the plate, but the Valparaiso, Fla., native also led the conference in the field with 145 assists. On the base paths, Hansen recorded 23 stolen bases on 24 attempts, ranking tied for fourth all-time in program history for a single-season performance. Her 18 consecutive stolen bases is the fourth-longest streak in school history.

Nationally, Hansen ended the regular season fifth in home runs (20), sixth in slugging (0.891), seventh in homers a game (0.37) and 14th in triples (five). Hansen posted two 10-game hit streaks on the season to tie for the most-consecutive during the year for MSU. During her first streak, Hansen went a team-leading 16-for-32 (0.500) at the plate, blasting five home runs and eight extra-base hits. Hansen’s second streak saw her go 0.452 at the plate with a team-best five extra-base hits and 11 runs scored.

Earlier this spring, Hansen was also honored as a first-team All-Great Lakes Region selection as well as a second-team All-Big Ten pick.

Since 1983, the Spartans have had seven different players selected as NFCA All-Americans, six of which earned honors under the tutelage of Joseph. Hansen becomes the first honoree since (Beech) Bograkos was a second-team selection in 2004.