Bonstrom becomes the first All-American since 2017 and the 13th in program history.
SALT LAKE CITY – Continuing to pile up the post season accolades, Utah senior Ellessa Bonstrom was named a Third Team All-American as an outfielder by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this afternoon. She becomes the 13th player in program history to be named an All-American and the first since Hannah Flippen, who picked up her third honor back in 2017.
“What an exciting day! Bonstrom is so deserving of this award and she has been an every day starter for us since arriving in Utah four years ago,” head coach Amy Hogue said. “This is the highest honor in our sport and I couldn’t be happier for her!”
Coming off a career year, Bonstrom received her first NFCA recognition two weeks ago being named First Team All-Pacific Region. She also picked up her second All-Conference honor of her career, being named to the Pac-12’s First Team and academically has excelled in the classroom being selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
As one of the premier bats in the nation and the Pac-12, Bonstrom started in all 52 games she appeared in this season and set new single season career highs in runs scored (43), hits (53), triples (2), RBI (44), walks (41), sacrifice flies (5), stolen bases (11) and fielding percentage (.986).
She led the team in all of the above in addition to batting average (.376), home runs (11), on-base (.503) and slugging percentage (.709). Bonstrom nearly doubled her stolen bases from last year with 11, ranking second on the team. She also put together the longest hitting and reached base streak at 11 and 24 games, respectively, while posting 13 multi-RBI and multi-hit performances.
Bonstrom finished the regular season leading the conference in sacrifice flies and ranked in the top-10 in RBI (9th), walks (4th), runs scored (5th), stolen bases (5th) and on-base percentage (6th).
In her career, Bonstrom owns a .320 batting average in 176 games and ranks fifth all-time in program history in home runs (35), walks (90) and is tied fourth in sacrifice flies (8).
Bonstrom joins 10 other Pac-12 players to be named to one of the three 2022 NFCA Division I All-American teams. UCLA led the conference with three selections as Arizona State and Washington followed, each with two. Arizona, California and Oregon State rounded out the teams with an All-American honoree.
The NFCA All-America teams are voted on by the Association’s All-America Committees. In Division I, the committee is comprised of one selected member head coach from each of the NFCA’s 10 regions. All student-athletes who were nominated by a member head coach and voted to the first-, second or third-team All-Region teams were eligible for All-America consideration.
List of Utah Softball All-Americans
Melonie Kent (1981) – First Team
Cindy Lyon (1982) – First Team
Annette Ausseresses (1985) – First Team
Michele Townsend (1985) – Second Team
Pipi Hollingworth (1987) – Second Team
Charmelle Green (1990, 1991) – Utah’s first two-time honoree. First team in 1990 and second team choice in ’91.
Amy (Timmel) Hogue (1994) – Second Team
Ali (Andrus) Sagas (1994) – Second Team
Sandy Rhea (1997, 1998) – First team in 1997 and second team in ’98.
Sunny Smith (2000) – Second Team
Jackie Wong (2006) – Second Team
Hannah Flippen (2014, 2015, 2017) – Second team in 2014 and first team in 2015 and ’17.