WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season champion No. 8 UC San Diego captured three individual All-CCAA softball awards as junior Camille Gaito
was tabbed Pitcher of the Year, Mya Romero
was named Freshman of the Year and Patti Gerckens
was selected Coach of the Year.
Gaito, along with senior centerfielder Kris Lesovsky, was also an All-CCAA First Team selection. Romero was tabbed to the All-CCAA Second Team, along with senior third baseman, Sarah Woofter. This season marks the third time since 2007 UCSD has had four players named to an All-CCAA squad in the same year.
"I'm proud of all of the players who made the (All-CCAA) team," said UCSD head Coach Patti Gerckens. "We've been doing the little things right and we've been able
A year after winning Co-CCAA Pitcher of the Year honors in 2010, Gaito has posted a 25-2 overall record, 0.53 ERA and 20 complete games in 2011. In 173 innings, she has recorded 142 strikeouts and limited opposing batters to a .179 average. She leads the CCAA in ERA and wins, in addition to holding the second-lowest ERA in NCAA Division II. She has seven shutouts and has recorded double-digit strikeout totals twice this season. She struck-out a career high 12 batters over nine innings in her latest start on April 23.
Romero has put together a solid rookie campaign and she is one of two Tritons to start all 45 games this season. She is hitting .321 with 27 runs, 12 doubles and 23 RBI. She leads the Tritons with nine multiple-hit games this year, matching Lesovsky for a team-high 42 hits. Romero is the only UCSD player to record four RBI in a single game (March 5 vs. Humboldt State) and she accounted for a season-high seven total bases against Notre Dame de Namur on February 4. UCSD has placed a freshman on the Second Team for the second straight year after Nicole Spangler's selection in 2010.
For Lesovsky, who comes into this postseason as UCSD's all-time leader in career batting average (.407) and walks (105), it is the third consecutive season that she has been selected to the All-CCAA First Team. The leadoff hitter, Lesovsky leads the Tritons in runs (37), doubles (15), homeruns (5), total bases (72), walks (38) and slugging percentage (.567) in 2011. She is tied for first in school history with 48 doubles, and third and fourth in school history with 123 runs and 182 hits, respectively. She has also garnered All-American and All-West Region honors in each of the last two seasons.
Woofter has recorded five multiple-hit games and three multiple-RBI games in 2011. She posted a seven-game hit-streak between March 4-12 and has hit .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs, three RBI, and three stolen bases since April 8. Woofter has been hit by a pitch 31 times in her career, more than any current UCSD player. She is 10th in UCSD annals with 273 career assists and leads the current Triton squad with 84 helpers this season from the left side of the infield.
Gerckens guided UCSD to a school record .755 winning percentage and matched a school record with 34 wins (for Division II) during the regular season. The Tritons' 22 conference victories match the school record (2004) and the team's win percentage (.710) in the CCAA is a program-best since UCSD joined the conference in 2001. Gerckens is 474-431 (.524) over her 19 seasons at the helm. She also won CCAA Coach of the Year in 2007.
When asked about what this year's CCAA honor means to her, Gerckens gave much of the credit to her assistants, "I am smart enough to hire good coaches." Jessica Millsap, Sara Robinson, Allison May and Nichole Willis complete Gerckens' 2011 staff.
Top-seeded UCSD will face fourth-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills (27-22, 17-15 CCAA) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the opening round of the 2011 CCAA Softball Championships at Arnaiz Field in Stockton. For tournament coverage, click here.