May 19, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team wrapped up the season with their annual softball banquet where Gina McFarland earned the 2006 Most Valuable Player award as voted on by her teammates. Parents, players, coaches, and administrators were dined and entertained by stories from players and coaches.
McFarland finished the season hitting 41-for-132 (.311), with eight doubles, two triples, 21 RBI and 15 runs scored. She made 21 appearances from the circle during the season, pitching two complete games with a 2.47 ERA and a 6-2 overall record with conference wins against Saint Mary's College, Santa Clara University, and Loyola Marymount University. She allowed 33 runs on 77 hits, and struck out 14 batters in 68 innings of work.
Kathleen Bonja earned the 2006 team Defensive Player of the Year award for her outstanding season at third base. Bonja, a starter in all 46 games this season, had a conference fielding percentage of .966 with 34 put-outs. Her overall defensive totals included a .973 fielding percentage with 69 total put-outs, assisted in eight double plays, and committed only five errors on the season.
Sara Mason was named the 2006 team Offensive Player of the Year for her amazing performance at the plate. Mason finished the season hitting 44-for-129 (.341), with 10 doubles, four triples, one homerun against Saint Mary's College, 22 RBI, and 30 runs scored. Her conference batting average rounded out at .321 hitting 18-for-56 with four doubles, one triple, one homer, 10 RBI, and 14 runs scored.
Marissa Merchain earned the 2006 team Coaches Award for overall senior leadership of the team. Merchain displayed the effort, determination, and heart both on and off the field that represent the ideal Torero softball player.
The fifth annual Home Run Trot Award, a Torero softball tradition given to the player with the best home run trot around the bases during the final practice of the season, was given Danielle Treiber. Treiber won the award for her trot around the bases mimicking a dance from the movie The Mask.
The Toreros had their best conference finish in the 2006 campaign at 10-10, good enough for fourth place in the PCSC. They reached a major milestone in the history of the softball program as they defeated 18 Division I opponents through out the season including Central Florida University, Nevada, and San Jose State.