St. Louis, Mo., May 1, 2015 — Washington University in St. Louis junior pitcher Annie Pitkin was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Player of the Year to highlight five student-athletes named to the All-UAA Softball Team, as announced by the conference office.
Additionally, head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté and assistant coaches Jennifer Whitehead, Mitch Thomas, Russell Cooper and Phil Hunt took home UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Pitkin was joined on the All-UAA First-Team by senior second baseman Paige Biles and senior third baseman Adrienne White, while sophomore outfielders Hannah Mehrle and Janet Taylor earned second-team all-UAA honors.
Pitkin is the ninth player in school history to earn UAA Player of the Year honors and the first since 2010. She posted a 20-6 record with a 1.32 earned run average with nine shutouts and 20 complete games. Pitkin ranks third in NCAA Division III in strikeouts (224) and wins, and fourth in shutouts (eight). She posted a 5-1 mark with a save and a 1.45 ERA to earn UAA Championship All-Tournament Team honors. Pitkin tossed a no-hitter, the third of her career in a 12-0 win in six innings at Principia College April 23. She also set a school record with 18 strikeouts in a 3-1 complete-game victory at Monmouth College April 4. Pitkin is a six-time UAA Athlete of the Week and was named the Louisville Slugger NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week on March 4 and March 11.
Head Coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté
Pineda-Boutté guided the 20th-ranked Bears to a 33-11 overall record, winning eight of their last 10 games. This is the Bears' third straight 30-win season and 10th in school history. Pineda-Boutté led WashU to a share of their second straight conference championship with an 8-2 mark. She earns the honor for the third time in her career, and first since 2008.
Biles leads the UAA in hits (69) and stolen bases (28), and is second in batting average (.457). She has recorded 23 multi-hit games and has reached base in 37 straight games. A UAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection, Biles hit .514 (18-for-35) and led the tournament in hits (18) and stolen bases (six.). She has appeared in 166 games with a career batting average of .353, and ranks second in school history with 65 stolen bases.
White is batting .386 with 11 homeruns, 50 RBIs and a conference-best 18 doubles for the Bears. She is eighth in NCAA Division III in RBIs and 12th in homeruns, and tied the single-season school record with her 11th homerun against Blackburn College April 28. A 2015 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection, she hit .450 and led the tournament in hits (18) and RBIs (18). A two-time all-UAA selection and 2014 NFCA All-Midwest Region honoree, White ranks in the top-10 in school history in nine offensive categories. She is third in career hits (205), fourth in runs scored (124) and total bases (295), sixth in stolen bases (35) and RBIs (130), and seventh in homeruns (17), doubles (40), batting average (.375) and slugging percentage (.550).
Mehrle batted .401 in 44 starts in the outfield and ranks fourth in the UAA in hits (57), eighth in RBIs (39) and 10th in batting average. She hit safely in 36 of 44 games played, and ranks sixth in NCAA Division III in toughest to strikeout (1K in 142 AB). Mehrle has 14 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games.
Taylor made 44 starts in the outfield for the Bears and hit .385 with three homeruns and 43 RBIs. She is fourth in the UAA in walks (20), fifth in RBIs and 10th in hits (47). Taylor was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on Feb. 9 and March 23, and ranks 11th in NCAA Division III in sacrifice flies (four) and 34th in RBIs.