May 16, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Big West Conference announced its 2005 softball all-conference teams on Tuesday, bestowing honors on four members of UC Santa Barbara's NCAA Tournament-bound program.
After finishing the regular season with a 24-20 overall record, the Gauchos placed three players on the All-Big West Second Team. Earning her second such distinction was junior pitcher Jennifer Davis, who boasts an 18-15 overall record and has equaled the single-season school record for wins entering the NCAA Tourney. The Whittier, Calif., native owns a 2.60 ERA and has struck out 221 batters while pitching 215.2 innings, a whopping 72% of UCSB's total innings. She is currently second on Santa Barbra's career strikeout list with 617 while her totals of 47 wins and 573 innings pitched ranks third and sixth on the all-time charts, respectively. Davis was a two-time Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree this season (March 6 and May 8) and was an honorable mention all-league recipient in 2004 before earning second team honors a year ago.
An All-Big West honorable mention recognition performer each of the past two seasons, center fielder Kendra Singley made the jump to the second team in 2006 following a standout junior campaign. She is currently second on the team in hitting (.307) and has recorded a team-best nine home runs, 32 runs batted in and six doubles. The Irvine, Calif., native has homered in five of UCSB's last ten games and her total of nine ranks third all-time in a single season by a Gaucho. For her career, Singley has 20 long-bombs - the program's third-highest total - while her 89 RBI also register third in the all-time record books.
Joining the two aforementioned juniors on the All-Big West Second Team was Gaucho freshman second baseman Christine Ramos. Hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the year, she boasts team-highs in batting average at .336, hits with 49 and runs with 21, while her .394 on-base percentage is second and her seven stolen bases are third. Having struck out only six times this year, Ramos is currently the sixth toughest strikeout in the nation. The native of Long Beach, Calif., ranks seventh in the Big West in batting average and is on pace to crack the Santa Barbara single season top-10.
Finally, UCSB sophomore third baseman and designated player Danielle Meyers garnered her first-ever postseason recognition with an honorable mention nod from the Big West. She is hitting .279 with six runs and 11 RBI in 26 games this season and is tied for second on the squad with a .344 batting average and an on base percentage of .447 in Big West play.
After leading Cal State Fullerton to the league's regular-season title, Michelle Gromacki was named 2006 Big West Coach of the Year, while the Titans' Ashley Van Boxmeer shared Fielder Player of the Year honors with Gina Carbonatto of Pacific. Long Beach State's Michelle Turner received Big West Pitcher of the Year distinction, while Amanda Peek of Cal State Northridge and UOP's Briana Santos were the Freshman Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
The Gauchos begin NCAA Tournament play this Friday, May 19 against Notre Dame at 10:00 a.m. PDT in Evanston, Ill. The double-elimination tournament continues Saturday and Sunday at Northwestern University's Sharon J. Drysdale Field.