Majam, Parnaby, Zamora, named to All-Region team

Kelly Majam // Hawai'i Athletics

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced the 2013 NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions. A total of 263 players from 137 different teams across the nation comprise this season’s regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. University of Hawai`i softball pitcher Kaia Parnaby and centerfielder Kelly Majam were voted to the first team while second baseman Jazmine Zamora earned second team honors.    Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire HS) capped off an outstanding senior season as the anchor of the Hawai’i outfield and was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year honors and first-team honors earlier this week. It is her third NFCA All-Region honor of her career. She committed just one error in 60 chances for a .985 fielding percentage to go along with five assists. At the plate, Majam terrorized opposing pitchers to the tune of a Big West-best 18 home runs, the second-highest total in conference single-season history. In addition, Majam’s 57 runs scored led the Big West and is just two off the single-season record. She also topped the Big West in on-base percentage (.462) and slugging percentage (.752). Thirty-three of her 53 hits have gone for extra bases. She earned first-team Big West honors as well. She has earned all-conference honors all four seasons at Hawai`i and in her rookie year was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. For her career, she has started all of UH’s 228 games in the last four years, committing just two errors over that entire span.   Parnaby (Bilgola Plateau, NSW, Australia/NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus) was named Big West Pitcher of the Year and earned BWC first-team honors earlier this week. She broke two long-standing Big West single-season records as the league’s top pitcher. Her 37 wins set a new benchmark for the Big West, bettering the 35 that Cal Poly Pomona’s Rhonda Wheatley amassed in 1987. In addition, Parnaby unseated former UH standout Brooke Wilkins as the all-time single-season strikeouts leader. Parnaby fanned double-digit batters 11 times this season on her way to 325 strikeouts, one more than what Wilkins totalled in 1994. The southpaw was an astounding 37-5 with a conference-low 1.47 ERA and just 43 walks in 290.0 innings pitched. Parnaby’s five Big West Pitcher of the Week awards tied her for fifth-most all-time in a season. She went the distance in 36 of her 44 starts and accumulated 11 shutouts. Last season, she earned all-WAC honors for the first time.    Zamora–the reigning Big West Field Player of the Week–led UH both overall and in the Big West with a .359 and .422 batting average respectively. Zamora, a junior second baseman from Temecula, Calif., had a monster conference season, going 35-for-83 at the plate with five doubles and three home runs in Big West action. Last week at Pacific, she drove in the winning runs in the first two games. Overall, Zamora led Hawai`i in average and was tied with Keiki Carlos with a team-high 55 hits. She appeared in 52 games and has started the last 47 straight.. She has nine doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 29 RBI—all career-highs.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-American teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

West Region-First Team
Pos.  Name  School
P Dallas Escobedo Arizona State University
P Kaia Parnaby University of Hawaii, Manoa
C Amber Freeman Arizona State University
1B Hallie Wilson University of Arizona
2B Gracie Goulder University of California, Los Angeles
3B Haley Steele Arizona State University
SS Cheyenne Coyle Arizona State University
OF B.B. Bates University of California, Los Angeles
OF Patrice Jackson San Diego State University
OF Kelly Majam University of Hawaii
UT/P Ally Carda University of California, Los Angeles
DP/UT-Non-P Lorena Bauer San Diego State University

 Second Team
Pos.  Name  School
P Mackenzie Popescue Arizona State University
P Sydney Gouveia Loyola Marymount University
P Rebecca Arbino San Diego State University
C Chelsea Goodacre University of Arizona
1B Kamerin May San Diego State University
2B Jazmine Zamora University of Hawaii
3B Hanna Winter Stanford University
SS Stephany LaRosa University of California, Los Angeles
SS Shayna Kimbrough Long Beach State University
OF Bailey Wigness Arizona State University
OF Stefany Valentino University of Nevada, Las Vegas
OF Leah White Stanford University
UT/P Desiree Ybarra California State University, Fullerton
DP/UT-Non-P Kayla Bonstrom Stanford University

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