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13 Big West Players Named To NFCA Softball All-Region Teams


NFCA Release

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association tabbed 13 Big West players with 2015 Division I All-West Region and All-Pacific Region recognition as announced earlier this week.

CSUN freshman Zoe Conley and Cal State Fullerton juniors Missy Taukeiaho and Courtney Rodriguez earned first-team all-region honors.

Long Beach State’s Christina Clermont, Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland and CSUN’s Savannah Horvath join Cal State Fullerton freshman Samantha Vandiver on the second team, while Hawaii’s Brittany Hitchcock, 49er Lauren Lombardi and Matadors Taylor Glover and Katie Hooper tabbed third-team honors.

UC Riverside junior Chelsea Ponce and freshman Rebecca Faulkner garnered placement on the All-Pacific Region Second Team to round out the list of Big West standouts.

Conley, the Freshman Pitcher of the Year, posted a league second-best 1.58 ERA while recording the third-most wins of anyone in league at 19.  The rookie’s 129 strikeouts claimed fifth-best in the Big West while she allowed just 34 earned runs in 150.1 innings of work.  The freshman recorded 6.01 Ks per game in her first collegiate campaign.

Taukeiaho led the league with a .488 on base percentage while hitting for a .390 average, the fourth-best mark in the Big West.  The junior recorded 53 knocks, 12 of which were round trippers and recorded 10 doubles and 42 RBI.

Rodriguez boasted a conference second-best .406 average in 197 at bats, the most of anyone in league.  The junior finished her 2015 campaign in the top 10 in five additional offensive categories: hits (80 – 1st), triples (6 - 1st), runs (48 – 2nd), RBI (42 – 3rd), stolen bases (15 – 4th) and on base percentage (.433 – 9th).

The 2015 season marks the first time that three or more Big West student-athletes have earned all-region first team honors since 2009 when five received the recognition.  The 13 all-region honorees are the most for the conference since 1995, when 14 players were recognized by the NFCA.