Arizona Wildcats softball players Hallie Wilson and Kellie Fox were named NFCA All-Americans, the association announced Wednesday. Wilson earned first-team honors, and Fox was named to the third team.
Wilson and Fox, both juniors, became Arizona’s 51st and 52nd All-Americans in program history and first since 2011.
For the season, Wilson hit .414 with 17 home runs, 10 doubles and three triples, helping her to a .799 slugging percentage in 60 starts at first base. The junior led the team with a .535 on-base percentage, helped in part by her 44 walks drawn. Wilson drove in 62 runs, tied for second on the team, while appearing in all 60 games as the leadoff hitter. The Santa Ana, Calif., native scored 73 runs, second-most in the country.
Fox, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was third on the team with a .389 average and collected 15 doubles and 15 home runs. The San Diego native slugged .754 and got on base at a .493 clip. Fox was tied for second on the team with 62 RBIs.
- In track and field, Wildcats
- Elvin Kibet
- (women’s 10,000 meters),
- Julie Labonté
- (women’s shot put) and
- Aaron Castle
- (men’s shot put) advanced to June’s NCAA Championships thanks to their performances Thursday in the West Region preliminaries in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The prelims continue today and Saturday.
- UA senior
- Lacey Smyth
- was named to the All-Pac-12 women’s tennis second team. This was the third-consecutive time Smyth earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 list; she was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention her sophomore and junior years.
California Chrome taking in Belmont Park
NEW YORK — California Chrome has visited the Belmont Park paddock and galloped his usual two miles in preparation for his bid to win horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 36 years.
The chestnut colt walked around the paddock Thursday before standing in a stall for five minutes so he can become familiar with the spot where he will be saddled for the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said California Chrome will visit the paddock multiple times over the next week before he gallops.
Oklahoma’s Cousins is shot, should be OK
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger says guard Isaiah Cousins is expected to recover after he was struck by a stray bullet in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York.
Richard Burke, Mount Vernon Police deputy commissioner, said Cousins was walking with friends Tuesday when he was hit by a bullet from an exchange of gunfire a street away.
Kruger says Cousins was struck in the back of the shoulder but that he won’t need surgery. Kruger says neither Cousins nor his friends were the intended target.
Cousins averaged 11 points per game and started all 33 games for the Sooners last year.