Softball Picked Third, Four Lions Honored
Meghan Harman, Hannah Montalban, Sterling Shuster and Sydney Gouveia all earned selection to the Preseason All-WCC team.
Jan. 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES - In a vote of the league six head coaches, LMU was selected to finish third in the inaugural season of West Coast Conference softball.
BYU was selected to finish first, earning five first-place votes and 25 total points. WCC newcomer Pacific was picked second with 19 points and one first-place vote. The Lions, who finished as the runner-up to BYU in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference last spring, earned 16 points for third place.
Rounding out the poll was San Diego in fourth (14 points), Saint Mary's in fifth (11 points) and Santa Clara in sixth (five points).
The Lions placed a league-best four players on the 2014 All-WCC Preseason Teams. Position players voted onto the team were senior third baseman Meghan Harman, sophomore outfielder Hannah Montalban and junior second baseman Sterling Shuster. Sophomore pitcher Sydney Gouveia was one of two pitchers selected to the squad.
Shuster and Gouveia earned top honors in the PCSC last spring, being named PCSC Co-Player of the Year and PCSC Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two, along with Harman, were named to the All-PCSC first team while Montalban earned second team honors.
In 52 games during the 2013 campaign, Shuster batted .322 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Her seven home runs tied for second in the PCSC and Shuster was also tied for second in the PCSC with 13 doubles. In PCSC play, Shuster recorded a .324 average with six home runs and 14 RBI.
In 33 total appearances, Gouveia went 18-4 with a 1.82 ERA, 18 complete games, six shutouts and 269 strikeouts. She also held opposing batters to a .190 average, tossed three one-hitters and reached double-digit strikeouts 13 times. The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native set an LMU record with 22 single-game strikeouts and finished the year No. 4 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9).
Harman led the Lions with a .338 batting average, 52 hits, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 26 walks and a .597 slugging percentage. She also has nine 11 and one triple on the year. Harman had 12 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit outings which ties for the program single-game record, and seven multi-RBI performances.
Montalban, the Lions' right fielder, batted .328 in 2013 while leading the battery with 14 doubles. The rookie tallied 41 total hits and 16 RBIs in 43 games played.
LMU opens its 2014 slate on Feb. 7-8 at the Cal State Fullerton Easton I Invitational.
2014 WCC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
2014 All-WCC Preseason Softball Team
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