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SB | Trio of Gaels named All-WCC

May 15, 2018

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The West Coast Conference announced its all conference teams today that featured three Gaels. Of those three, senior shortstop Hailey Sparacino and freshman outfielder Kimiko Zapanta were both named to the All-WCC Second Team while junior outfielder Abbey Mariani received an Honorable Mention.

Sparacino was a standout for the Gaels on both offense and defense in 2018. The senior started in all 49 games for Saint Mary’s and led the team in RBIs (25) and home runs (5) while ranking near the top in almost every other offensive category. On defense, she led the team with 96 assists. Sparacino finished the season on a six-game hitting streak and had multi-hit games in five of those contests.

Zapanta sparkled as the Gaels’ leadoff hitter as she batted .333 and posted a .417 on-base percentage. Zapanta also started in all 49 games for SMC and was top-10 in the conference in batting average, hits, walks and on-base percentage. Most impressively, the freshman shattered the WCC record for stolen bases with 39 this season and tied Saint Mary’s all-time school record. In the month of March, Zapanta swiped 16 bags over 11 games including two games where she stole three bases.

Being named an Honorable Mention was junior Abbey Mariani who started 37 games this season. Mariani posted a sterling .968 fielding percentage in right field this season while picking up four extra base hits at the plate. In conference play, Mariani had a five-game hit streak where she went 7-for-14 at the plate.

2018 West Coast Conference Softball Individual Honors
Player of the Year – Rylee Jensen, BYU
Co-Pitcher of the Year – Hannah Bandimere, Loyola Marymount & Kerisa Viramontes, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year – Maddison Flores, Loyola Marymount
Freshman of the Year – Bridget Fleener, BYU
Coach of the Year – Sami Strinz-Ward, Loyola Marymount

All-West Coast Conference Softball First Team
Hannah Bandimere, Jr, P, Loyola Marymount
Alicia Brown, Sr, OF, Loyola Marymount
Bridget Fleener, Fr, UTL, BYU
Rylee Jensen, Soph, OF, BYU
Sydney Lahners Sr.. 1B Pacific
Samantha Owen, Soph, OF, Pacific
Hannah Russell, Soph, C, Santa Clara
Talli Shepherd, Fr, 2B, Pacific
Taylor Spence, Jr, OF, San Diego
Libby Sugg, Sr, C, BYU
Lexi Tarrow, Jr, OF, BYU

All-West Coast Conference Softball Second Team
Andrea Gonzalez, Fr, 3B, Loyola Marymount
Maddison Flores, Fr, 2B, Loyola Marymount
Aubree Kim, Soph, P, Santa Clara
Autumn Moffat, Fr, P, BYU
Hailey Reed, Soph, OF, Pacific
Hailey Sparacino, Sr, SS, Saint Mary’s
Alexa Strid, Sr, SS, BYU
Sabrina Tebou, Sr, OF, Loyola Marymount
Kerisa Viramontes, Soph, P, BYU
Marissa Young, Sr, P, Pacific
Kimiko Zapanta, Fr, OF, Saint Mary’s

All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention
Briielle Breland, BYU; Madison Casiano, San Diego; Lindsay Clare, San Diego; Ellie Fisher, Santa Clara; Molly Grumbo, Loyola Marymount; Delaney Heller, San Diego; Kailey Hill, San Diego; Abbey Mariani, Saint Mary’s; Madison Merell, BYU; Eleni Spirakis, Santa Clara; Linnay Wilson, Loyola Marymount; Delanie Wisz, Loyola Marymount


 

 

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