Gibson, Hinshaw Named Midwest All-Region

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COLLEGE STATION -- Senior Texas A&M softball players Megan Gibson and Jamie Hinshaw were named to the 2008 NFCA Midwest All-Region team, the selection committee announced this week.

Gibson, a native of Spring, Texas was named to the NFCA All-Region first team while Hinshaw, a Missouri City, Texas-native, was named to the second team.

Both players helped A&M to its best ever finish in league play (17-1), leading the Aggies to their second Big 12 regular season title since 2005 and their first ever tournament championship title.

Gibson, selected as an utility/pitcher, led the Big 12 in wins (33), innings pitched (229), shutouts (16), complete games (32) and walks (45). The two-time All-American was voted the league’s Most Outstanding Player at the Big 12 Championship last weekend in Oklahoma City and was recently named one of ten finalists for USA Softball’s National Player of the Year award.

Gibson was also the first player in conference history to be selected as both Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season.

Hinshaw, who was selected at the third base position, has started every game of her career and all but one at the hot corner for the Aggies. The All-Big 12 first team selection leads the team in runs scored (44) and hits (62). She ranks second in doubles (12) and homeruns (5).

In Big 12 games this season, Hinshaw boasted a league third-best .410 average at the plate. Through 18 league games, she ranked second in hits (25), runs scored (19) and total bases (40).

The 4th-ranked Aggie softball team opens play in the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin at the Aggie Softball Complex.

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2008 Midwest All-Region

First Team
P – D.J. Mathis, University of Oklahoma
P – Tara Oltman, Creighton University
C – Lindsey Vandever University of Oklahoma
1B – Amanda Renth, University of Missouri, Columbia
2B – Andee Allen, University of Missouri, Columbia
3B – Brette Reagan, Baylor University
SS – Savannah Long, University of Oklahoma
OF – Rhea Taylor, University of Missouri, Columbia
OF – Amber Flores, University of Oklahoma
OF – Nicole Wesley, Baylor University
UT/P – Megan Gibson, Texas A&M University
UT – Tallie Thrasher, University of Texas

Second Team

P – Stacey Delaney, University of Missouri, Columbia
P – Meagan Denny, University of Texas
P – Allison Bakke, North Dakota State University
C – T.J. Eadus, Creighton University
1B – Samantha Ricketts, University of Oklahoma
2B – Alysia Hamilton, Oklahoma State University
3B – Jamie Hinshaw, Texas A&M University
SS – Loryn Johnson, University of Texas
OF – Kirsten Shortridge, Baylor University
OF – Dougie McCaulley, University of Kansas
OF –Lauren Lindsay, University of Tulsa
UT/P – Jen Bruck, University of Missouri, Columbia
UT – Melissa Chmielewski, North Dakota State University

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