Bailey Stenson

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Bailey Caitlin Stenson (born March 2, 1988)[1] is an American former college softball player. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree, Stenson played college softball at Washington from 2007 to 2010, including the team that won the 2009 Women's College World Series.[2] Stenson also attracted national media attention for surviving childhood leukemia.

High school career

Born in Renton, Washington, Stenson attended Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington. A four-year letterwinner in softball, she was named a first-team all-state shortstop, Best Defensive Player, and Team MVP all as a senior. Bailey was an all-area selection by the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and the King County Journal twice. Stenson was a first-team all-league second baseman as a junior. In addition, asa a junior, Bailey was named her team's Best Offensive Player and was the Team MVP award winner. She was named team captain two times in her high school career.[3][4]

College career

From 2007 to 2010, Stenson played college softball at the University of Washington.[3]

Bailey missed the first month of play her freshman year after recovering from an ACL injury. She played in 16 games, starting 3 games out of those 16. One of those starts was in right field, one in left, and one as the designated player. Stenson finished the season with a .333 batting average, with one RBI and three runs scored. Her first collegiate start was against Texas Tech on March 10. Bailey went 1 for 3 with a stolen base in that game.[3]

Stenson was an Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Selection. She hit for a .332 batting average, which was third best on the team. Stenson usually batted first in the line-up, starting in that position 39 times. Bailey led her team with 63 hits, which was ranked seventh in the Pac-10 conference. In addition, she held the team lead for multi-hit games, with 18, and games with at least 3 hits, with 6. Stenson got at least one hit in 39 games, which tied her for the lead. From February 15 to February 22, she held a seven-game hitting streak. Throughout the season, Bailey had two six-game hitting streaks, as well. At one point in the season, she hit safely in 24 out of 28 games. She had 4 multi-hit games during the season. Stenson scored 29 runs, had 18 RBI, hit 7 doubles, and stole 8 bases in her sophomore season. She started 55 games. 37 of those starts were in right field, 17 were at second base, and one was in center field. Stenson did not play in the final game of the season due to an injury.[3]

Bailey played in 46 games, starting in 23. She had 13 hits, scored 15 runs, and had 4 RBI. Stenson went 1-for-3 in the Women's College World Series. She also scored a run for the Huskies in the tournament, as well. In the Huskies series opener against Georgia, Bailey collected a single and a run as a pinch-hitter. In Washington's clincher against Georgia Tech, in the Super Regionals, she recorded a stolen base and a run as a pinch-runner. She held a four-game hitting streak from February 14 to February 20, where she hit .429. In the stretch of that streak, Stenson collected three runs and one RBI.[3]

Stenson started 25 of her 47 appearances of the 59 games played by the Huskies. She batted with a .271 average, collecting 17 runs, 19 hits, four doubles, and eight RBI in 70 at bats. Bailey finished the year with a .329 slugging percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. Stenson stole six bases in eight attempts. In Pac-10 play, she started nine of her 17 games played. Stenson batted a .208 average with two runs, five hits, one double, and two RBI in 24 at-bats. Bailey was second on the team in number of games as a sub and was tied for first in fielding percentage. She collected two hits in five different games (vs. East Carolina (3/5), Seattle (3/7), Miami (OH) (3/12), Seattle (3/15), and California (4/25)). Bailey collected two RBI vs. Seattle on 3/7. She hit doubles in four different games (vs. UC Davis (2/28), Seattle (3/7), Miami (OH) (3/12), and Stanford (5/9)). Stenson was named an Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection.[3]

Personal life

Early in the 2009 season, Stenson received media attention nationally on ESPN for surviving leukemia, for which she was diagnosed at age three.[5] In the 2018 Women's College World Series, Stenson took part in the tournament's Strikeout Cancer event.[6]

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