Talataina earns All-PacWest honors

Talataina earns All-PacWest honors

IRVINE, Calif. – Freshman third baseman Lizabelle Talataina was selected by coaches as an All-PacWest Softball second-team performer on Wednesday.

Talataina is ranked 10th in the conference with a .397 batting average. She led BYU-Hawaii with 10 doubles, two triples, 10 homeruns and 35 RBI. She finished the season with an on-base percentage of .433 and slugging percentage of .709.

The PacWest Player of the Year Award was given to Azusa Pacific's Nicki Sprague for the second-consecutive year. She led the conference with 78 hits and a .744 slugging percentage. As 2014 PacWest Player and Freshman of the Year, Sprague is the conference's second repeat honoree.

Michelle Duncan of Dixie State was awarded PacWest Pitcher of the Year after a perfect 24-0 record. She finished the season with a 1.33 ERA and .208 opponent's batting average.

Hawaii Pacific's third baseman Dorian Acierto was named PacWest Defender of the Year after recording a .949 fielding percentage and 128 assists this season.

PacWest Freshman of the Year went to Dixie's Janessa Bassett. Her .459 batting average, .543 on-base percentage, 66 runs, eight triples and 38 stolen bases propelled her to the top of the conference.

Loie Kesterson of Cal Baptist was announced as PacWest Newcomer of the Year. The transfer from the University of Hawai'i ranked in the PacWest top 10 for ERA (1.65), wins (20), opponent's batting average (.213), innings pitched (169.1) and strikeouts (64).

The PacWest Coach of the Year Award was again given to Dixie's head coach Randy Simkins. He coached the Red Storm to a 44-7, 31-1 PacWest record, PacWest Championship title, undefeated home streak (21-0) and a seventh-consecutive bid to the NCAA Championship.

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