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Softball Earns Five PCSC All-Conference Honors

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.

"Virginia Fritsch and Kathleen Bonja were solid for us all year, both offensively and defensively," commented McElvain.

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.

"Nichole Valenzuela and Christina Haake each stepped up their game this year and made huge contributions to our team," commented McElvain.

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."