May 18, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team was represented in every All-Conference category, as well as a freshman of the year award to wrap up 2006-07 season. The Toreros had two 1st team selections, two 2nd team selections, one honorable mention, and one co-freshman of the year to round off the All-Conference awards.
"I'm very pleased with the PCSC All-Conference announcement," said Head Coach Melissa McElvain. "Our conference was much stronger this year, from top to bottom. Therefore, I feel it's a well deserved honor to have five players earn All-Conference recognition."
Senior utility player Virginia Fritsch and junior third baseman Kathleen Bonja earned 1st team All-Conference accolades. Fritsch finished hitting a team high .390 with 13 doubles, two triples, one homerun, 27 RBI, and 22 runs scored this season. Bonja finished her year with a .327 batting average, with eight doubles, two homeruns, 20 RBI, and 18 runs scored.
Senior pitcher Christina Haake and junior centerfielder Nichole Valenzuela earned 2nd team All-Conference. Haake finished the season with a 2.62 ERA, the lowest of all the pitchers. She tallied 10 wins in 27 appearances, had nine complete games, striking out 88 batters in 128 innings of work. Valenzuela finished with a .312 average, hitting 13 doubles, two triples, one homerun, 14 RBI, and 30 runs scored on the season.
Jennifer Ellenbeck earned honorable mention honors as well as co-freshman of the year with Melissa Dykema of Loyola Marymount University and Brandi Scoggins of Portland State University. Ellenbeck finished with a .246 batting average starting in 47 games with four doubles, five homeruns, 27 RBI, and 17 runs scored. She also threw 100 innings as a pitcher, finishing 9-7 with 24 appearances, eight complete games, and 76 strikeouts.
"Jen Ellenbeck set a great foundation in her first year and I'm pleased she was rewarded for her hard work, earning PCSC Co-Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention honors," said McElvain. "I am so proud of all of our players and look forward to next season."