March 24, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has named its Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week for March 24, 2014.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
TORI SHEPARD, SR., RHP, PACIFIC
Senior RHP Tori Shepard pitched 22.2 innings this week, surrendering just two earned runs and recording 12 strikeouts, including a complete game victory over Cal State Northridge on March 22nd, and 8.2 innings pitched against Bakersfield on March 23 in a game decided by the international tiebreaker protocol. For the week, Shepard posted a 1-2 record with a 0.62 ERA.
Also nominated: Jenny Lahitte, San Diego
2014 WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 10: Jenny Lahitte, San Diego
Feb. 17: Sarah Lira, Saint Mary's
Feb. 24: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 3: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 10: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 17: Cassidy Coleman, San Diego
March 24: Tori Shepard, Pacific
WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STERLING SHUSTER, JR., IF, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Junior IF Sterling Shuster led LMU by hitting .500 (10-for-20), with one home run, 10 RBIs, four runs, a .650 slugging percentage and .565 on base percentage in seven games last week. The junior second baseman began the week with an RBI single in LMU's 6-3 win over Harvard in the Lions' opening game of the LMU Invitational II. She followed that with a 4-for-4 performance in a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Canisius. Her RBI-single in the first inning helped the Lions take a 3-2 lead early. She would add a two-RBI single in the fourth as the Lions battled back from an 8-4 deficit.
Shuster went 1-for-3 in the Lions' third straight tournament win, a 3-2 decision against Bethune-Cookman. She went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a second meeting with Canisius before her biggest game of the week, a 2-for-4 performance, including a three-run home run and a two-RBI single that led LMU to a commanding 9-3 win over Dartmouth. She added 20 putouts and 17 assists over the week as the Lions went 4-3 in tournament play. Her big week at the plate moved her to the team leader in batting average (.350). She is also second in hits (21) and RBIs (17).
Also nominated: Andrea Hazel, Saint Mary's; Bailey O'Mara, Pacific; Olivia Sandusky, San Diego
2014 WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 10: McKenzie St. Clair, BYU
Feb. 17: Katie Manuma, BYU
Feb. 24: Taylor Petty, Pacific
March 3: Katie Manuma, BYU
March 10: Mary Grabowski, San Diego
March 17: Tatum Schultz, San Diego
March 24: Sterling Shuster, Loyola Marymount