SAN FRANCISCO - Kris Lesovsky and Camille Gaito of the No. 24 UC San Diego softball team were named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-West Region First Team on Tuesday morning, as voted on the region's sports information directors. Caitlin Brown earned Second Team honors.
Lesovsky, a 2009 Daktronics All-American and 2011 West Region Second Team selection, leads the Tritons with a .392 batting average, 49 runs, 76 hits and 12 doubles. She recently batted .625 (10-for-16) in the NCAA West Region II Tournament at Cal State Monterey Bay, catapulting the Tritons into the West Super Regional this weekend with a 3-for-4 outing in the winner-take-all game against Dixie State on Sunday. Lesovsky was named All-CCAA First Team for the fourth time in her career in late April.
Gaito, a 2011 Daktronics First Team All-American and West Region Pitcher of the Year, went 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA for the Tritons at the West Region II Tournament. She's 27-9 with a conference-low 1.22 ERA so far and opponents have mustered just a .210 batting average against her. She will leave UCSD as the school's all-time leader in wins, saves, appearances, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
Brown, a first-time honoree, had a huge weekend for UCSD. She was 7-for-13 (.538) with three home runs, including a pair of dingers in UCSD's 5-0 win over No. 2-seed Cal State Monterey Bay. The sophomore is batting .353 with a .472 on-base percentage and a team-high eight home runs in 2012.
Sonoma State pitcher Samantha Lipperd and CSUMB utility player Cori Reinhardt were named the region's Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively. Chico State led the West with five selections, while CSUMB placed the most amount of players on the First Team (3).
The 13 members of the All-West Region First Team will now be placed on the 2012 Daktronics All-American ballot, which will be released on May 15.
UCSD faces Cal State Dominguez Hills in a best-of-three series this weekend in Carson, Calif. to determine which team will advance to May 16-19's NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky.