May 17, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Pacific Coast Softball Conference announced the All- Conference teams Tuesday which included four athletes from the University of San Diego. Marissa Merchain and Kathleen Bonja earned PCSC first team All-Conference honors. Teammates Sara Mason and Gina McFarland were named PCSC second team All-Conference honors.
Merchain was named to the PCSC first team All-Conference list at first base. She finished conference play with a .294 batting average hitting 10-for-34. Merchain recorded three doubles, seven RBI, and seven runs scored against PCSC opponents. She made more than 20 appearances at first base this past season and led the team in overall put outs with 227. Her .991 fielding percentage helped lead the Toreros to a stellar finish in their 2006 campaign.
Bonja was named to the PCSC first team All-Confere starting at third base for all 20 conference games. Bonja finished conference play with a .343 batting average hitting 23-for-67, recording three doubles, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored. She assisted in eight double plays defensively through out the season, with 69 total put-outs, and finished with a .973 fielding percentage.
Mason was named as the catcher for the PCSC second team All-Conference. She made 46 starts at catcher or the designated player spot for the Toreros. Mason finished conference play with a .321 batting average hitting 18-for-56, with four doubles, one triple, one home run, 10 RBI and 14 runs scored. She threw out 13 opponents attempting to steal a base, and finished with a .975 fielding percentage.
McFarland was named as a pitcher for the PCSC second team All-Conference. She recorded the highest conference batting average for the Toreros, .369, hitting 24-for-65, with two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and 10 runs scored. She made 10 appearances from the circle during conference play with a 1.83 ERA and a 4-0 record with wins against Saint Mary's College, Santa Clara University, and Loyola Marymount University. She allowed 37 hits, 11 runs, and struck out eight batters in 38.1 innings of work.
The Toreros had their best conference finish in the 2006 campaign at 10-10, good enough for fourth place. They reached a major milestone in the softball program as they defeated 18 Division I opponents through out the season including Central Florida University, Nevada, and San Jose State.