May 14, 2013

Five Gauchos Earn All-Big West Honors

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Five UC Santa Barbara softball players garnered All-Big West accolades it was announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Shelby Wisdom and Jessica Soria were named Second Team All-Big West after their standout season for the Gauchos, while Alex Pingree, Lauren Boser, and Keilani Jennings earned Honorable Mentions.

Wisdom finished the season ranked second in the Big West in RBI (41) and doubles (13). In addition to leading the Gauchos in those categories, she also paced the team in slugging percentage at .545. In addition to her work at the plate, she also impressed with what she did in the circle. The sophomore ranked among the top-five in numerous pitching categories in the conference by being fifth in batters struck out (136) and batters struck out looking (37), fourth in wins (17), and third in innings pitched (193.1).

Jessica Soria concluded her Gaucho career with Second Team honors after leading the Gauchos in batting average, hits, runs, and stolen bases. Her .330 batting average ranked sixth among Big West players, while was tied for second in the conference with 39 runs. Her 62 hits were the third most in the Big West. She also stole 22 bases in 28 attempts. In her two seasons as a Gaucho, she compiled the fifth most swipes in program history with 47.

Alex Pingree earned her first career All-Big West honor by being named an Honorable Mention. The freshman finished the season with a team-best 1.85 earned run average, which was the second lowest in the Big West. She only allowed 26 earned runs and 41 runs, both lowest in the conference. Her marquee performance this season came when she tossed three complete game shutouts in one week and was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week.

Also earning her first Big West postseason hardware was first baseman Lauren Boser, who received an Honorable Mention. The junior led the Gauchos with a .290 batting average in conference play and recorded a team-high three triples over the course of the season. One of her best games came in the series finale against Cal State Northridge when she hit the game winning home run and came up just a single shy of the cycle. Boser also had a perfect fielding percentage in Big West play, just one of two normal starters to have accomplished that feat.

Keilani Jennings ended her UCSB career as the program's all-time home runs leader and has now been named All-Big West for the third consecutive season. Jennings was named an Honorable Mention after leading the team in home runs (9) and finishing sixth in the conference with 37 RBI. She was also fifth in the Big West with 12 doubles.

The Gauchos finished fourth in the conference standings with a 31-24 overall mark.

 
 

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