May 15, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla. - Two members of the Oklahoma State softball team earned All-Midwest Region honors, it was announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Junior pitcher Lauren Bay was selected to the first team and junior catcher Ryan Realmuto earned second team honors.
This is the first time since 1999 that more than one Cowgirl has been named to the All-Region squad. Cowgirl senior Jenny Kipp earned second team honors in 2000 and Bay was named to the first team in 2001.
A native of Trail, B.C. Canada, Bay led the Cowgirls on the mound with 40 appearances and 26 complete games. The left-hander compiled a 19-14 record on the year and hurled seven shutouts, including a perfect game.
Bay had a record setting year on the mound, moving into first in two categories. She fanned 314 batters on the season to break the record, 310, held by Melanie Roche since 1993. Bay also struck out 19 in a nine-inning contest with Nebraska to move into a tie for first with Roche for strikeouts in a game. She has issued 700 strikeouts in her career, just 74 shy of Roche, the all-time strikeout leader.
Realmuto who hails from Del City, Okla., anchors the Cowgirls behind the plate. She started all 52 games this year and led the team in batting with a .287 average.
Realmuto also had a record setting year with her success coming at the plate. She and fellow sophomore Jade Lindly broke the season home run record, 10, held by Jamie Foutch since 1997. Realmuto had 11 home runs on the year and moved into second behind Lindly with 12. She also holds the second spot in career home runs with 19, trailing Foutch with 27.
With the addition of Bay and Realmuto, Oklahoma State has had 41 players named to the All-Region squad since it began in 1988. The two are now eligible for All-America status, which will be announced at the Women's College World Series banquet on Wednesday, May 22.