Strinz-Ward, Seven Lions Honored by WCC

Alex Finie hit .455 in WCC play.
May 17, 2016

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - In her first year at the helm of her alma mater, Sami Strinz-Ward was named West Coast Conference Softball Co-Coach of the Year while seven of her Lions were also honored as the league announced the 2016 Softball All-WCC awards Tuesday.

Strinz-Ward led LMU to a 32-21 overall record and 10-5 mark in WCC play. Her Lions won four of their five three-game league series, including taking two-of-three from WCC champ BYU and a sweep of Santa Clara. The team also led the league in numerous statistical categories including batting average (.309), slugging percentage (.515), on-base percentage (.387), hits (433), doubles (106) and home runs (60). Their doubles per game total (2.00) is also No. 1 in the nation.

Honored on the All-WCC First Team were senior outfielder Meghan von Behren and junior first baseman Alex Finie. von Behren led the league with her .421 batting average, 75 total hits and 17 stolen bases. In the 15-game league slate, she hit .362 with 17 hits, including one double and five home runs. She scored 10 runs, had nine RBI three stolen bases and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

 

Fine, who struggled early in the season, found her stride as the season progressed. She hit .316 for the year with 12 doubles and seven home runs. in WCC play, she batted .455 with 20 hits, including five doubles and four home runs, accounting for 13 RBI. She was also perfect in the field with 102 putouts, five assists and zero errors.

LMU's All-WCC Second Team honorees included freshman pitcher Hannah Bandimere, sophomore third baseman Alicia Brown and junior outfielder Amanda Dirks. Bandimere went 8-2 in WCC play with a 2.32 ERA, four complete games, one shutout and 49 strikeouts in 48.1 innings. Brown toppled LMU's single-season doubles record, finishing with 20 for the balance of the year. She hit .359 in WCC play with nine of those doubles coming in the 15-game league slate. Dirks led LMU with 12 home runs, including four in league games.

Rounding out the honored Lions were senior designated hitter/pitcher Stephanie Crist and junior pitcher Rachael Farrington.

2016 West Coast Conference Softball Individual Honors
Player of the Year: Ashley Thompson, BYU

Pitcher of the Year: McKenna Bull, BYU

Freshman of the Year: Lauren Kane, San Diego
Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Bell, BYU
Co-Coach of the Year: Gordon Eakin, BYU; Melissa McElvain, San Diego; Sami Strinz-Ward, LMU

All-West Coast Conference Softball First Team
NAME, YR, POS, SCHOOL

Lauren Bell, Jr., SS, BYU
Chiara Biagini, Sr., OF, Santa Clara
Gordy Bravo, Sr., OF, BYU
McKenna Bull, Jr., P, BYU
Mary Grabowski, Sr., C, San Diego
Alex Finie, Jr., 1B, LMU
Katie Moss, Jr., P, Saint Mary's
Megan Sabbatini, Jr., P, San Diego
Tatum Schultz, Sr., 2B, San Diego
Alex Strid, So., OF, BYU
Ashley Thompson, Jr., 1B, BYU
Meghan von Behren, Sr., OF, LMU
*12 players on the First Team due to a tie

All-West Coast Conference Softball Second Team
NAME, YR, POS, SCHOOL

Sara Anderson, Sr., OF, Pacific
Hannah Bandimere, Fr., P, LMU
Alicia Brown, So., 3B, LMU
Amanda Dirks, Jr., OF, LMU

Lauren Kane, Fr., 3B, San Diego
Sydney Lahners, So., 1B, Pacific
Olivia Sandusky, Jr., OF, San Diego
Rachel Sellers, So., C, Pacific
Taylor Spence, Fr., OF, San Diego
Libby Sugg, Fr., C, BYU

All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention
Stephanie Crist, LMU; Rachael Farrington, LMU; Lollie Fitzpatrick, SMC; Justine Garner, SCU; Melanie Habib, PAC; Andrea Hazel, SMC; Erica Musgrave, SMC; Lujane Mussadi, SMC; Monika Reichardt, SMC; Nicole Zapotczny, PAC

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