Meghan von Behren was named to the All-West Region Second Team while Amanda Dirks earns Third Team honors.
Sami Strinz-Ward was named WCC Co-Coach of the Year while seven players earned All-WCC honors.
LMU hosts Pacific Thursday and Friday at Smith Field.
Hannah Baindimere and Rachael Farrington combined for a pair of wins while Alex Finie had a big day at the plate.
The Lions face off against the Gaels in a key three-game WCC series.
West Coast Conference play begins on Friday and the LMU Sports Network spoke with head coach Sami Strinz-Ward and players before the games.
LMU Softball's hitting philosophy is breeding success at the plate in 2016. The LMU Sports Network spoke with Assistant Coach Randy Ward and players Meghan von Behren and Amanda Dirks about their approach at the plate.
Non-conference from second week of LMU Tournament at Smith Field, Mar. 16, 2017
Non-conference softball from Smith Field on Mar. 14, 2017
Non-conference softball at the LMU Invitational, Smith Field Mar. 10, 2017
Game one of West Coast Conference doubleheader from Smith Field
Doubleheader at Smith Field on Mar. 22, 2016
All-WCC Honorable Mention...Started all 50 games she appeared in… Lions centerfielder… Led the team in home runs (7) and hits (47)… hit .309 and had a .480 slugging percentage… had 5 doubles and 23 RBIs… made 52 putouts, 4 assists and no errors in the field… Season best games were 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs versus Dartmouth (Mar. 14).. went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs versus Texas (Mar. 14)… hit 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs versus Cal (Mar. 21)..
NFCA All-Region third team ... All-WCC second team ... Started in 47 of 50 games ... Led the team in home runs (12) and RBI (37) ... Posted a .329 batting average and .638 slugging percentage ... Posted 15 multi-hit games ... Made one error in 59 chances for a .983 fielding percentage ... Went 2-for-3 with four RBI against Saint Peter's (March 1) ... Went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 5 RBI at BYU (April 8) ... Recipient of the Betty Werner Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Started all 52 games she appeared in... member of the Lions' outfield... All-WCC Second Team... led LMU with a .370 batting average... also team leader in hits (54) and runs (33)... had nine doubles, one triple and seven home runs for a team-high .589 slugging percentage... 15 multi-hit games including two three-hit outings... tied for the team lead with nine multi-RBI games... had six games with three RBIs... had two home runs, including a walk off in a 5-4 win over WCC rival Saint Mary's (Apr. 25)... 43 putouts and seven assists with no errors for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Earned 32 starts in the outfield and appeared in 40 total games as a rookie... hit .250 with 25 hits in 100 at bats... had five doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs, which ranked third on the team... season0high three hits was versus Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 20)... had a season-high four RBI versus Harvard (Mar. 19)... 19 putouts, one assist and no errors in the field.
A 2013 graduate of Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda, CA... three-year varsity letterwinner under head coach Sharon Farrell... All-Empire League honors as a junior and senior... named to the All-Star team of the Michelle Carew Classic Softball Tournament... hit .347 as a senior... member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation.
Amanda Taylor Dirks was born July 27, 1995 in Upland, CA... parents are Roberta and Darren Dirks... has two younger siblings, Andrew and Mallory...father, Darren, played baseball at Cal Poly Pomona... has volunteered at Santa Clara de Asis Church in Yorba Linda and Little Friends Preschool... chose LMU for the location, softball program and class sizes... Economics major.
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