May 31, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three Lions have earned a spot on the Pacific Region second team. Senior Margo Pineda, junior Tiffany Pagano and freshman Christine Foley were honored by the coaches for their outstanding accomplishments this season. The trio was instrumental in leading the LMU softball team to the best season in program history.
The Pacific Region is comprised of teams from the Pac-10 and PCSC. There were four players from the PCSC honored as members of the Pacific Region teams.
Pineda was selected as one of the six outfielders on the Pacific region teams. The senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., broke the LMU career batting average record, finishing her career with a .354 average. In 2007, she hit .400 and led the team in hits with 78. Pineda was named the LMU Female Athlete of the Year, earning second team All-PCSC honors. She capped off her career with hits in the final three games of the NCAA Tournament.
Pagano earned second team honors after being named the PCSC Pitcher of the Year. The junior from Temecula, Calif., had another outstanding season. She recorded 10 shutouts on the year, going 21-10 overall with a school-record 227 strikeouts in 197.0 innings. During the season, she broke the LMU career records for shutouts and strikeouts and finished the year with a 1.99 ERA. In addition, she led the Lions to victory over UCLA in the NCAA Regionals, allowing just four hits in LMU's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
Foley had a storybook freshman season. She set the LMU single season batting average record, hitting .416 with a school-record 17 doubles. She was named the PCSC Player of the Year after hitting .439 in conference play. The first baseman from Los Angeles, Calif., is the fourth Lion in five years to earn PCSC Player of the Year honors and the first freshman to do earn the award. She was phenomenal in the NCAA Regionals, hitting .500, going 5-for-10 against the regional field.
LMU finished its season with a program best 47-18 record. In addition, the Lions won their first and second ever NCAA Tournament games, knocking UC Santa Barbara and UCLA out of the Los Angeles Regional before falling to Hawaii in the Regional final. LMU destroyed the competition in the PCSC, winning the conference with an 18-2 record, 6.5 games ahead of second place. The Lions recorded three series sweeps in conference play.
The Lions lose three seniors to graduation - Pineda, Kirsten Whitt and Kylie Conroy. Next year, LMU will return the PCSC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, as well as five other All-PCSC selections.
- GO LIONS! -