Lauren Bay, a senior on Oklahoma States softball team was named to the 2003 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America first-team Wednesday at the opening ceremonies for the Womens College World Series.
A native of Trail, B.C., Canada, Bay is the first Cowgirl All-American since Jamie Foutch was a selected to the first-team in 1998. The lefty has scattered her name throughout the record books in her four years at Oklahoma State, holding the top spot in six categories and entering the top 10 in three others.
Bay recorded 1,151 career strikeouts at OSU, becoming the first Cowgirl to hit the millennium mark. She also set the season strikeout record for the second consecutive season, fanning 451 batters during her senior campaign and averaging 12.7 Ks per game. Nationally, Bay ranks 12th in career strikeouts and 10th in season strikeouts.
All-America status caps off a year full of honors for Bay. She was a four-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, earned all-conference accolades for the fourth time in her career and was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Bay was selected to the all-tournament team at three of OSUs five tournaments this spring and was a Top 10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
Bay compiled a 26-10 record and appeared in all but 14 contests while leading the Cowgirls to their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1998.