Tigers Earn Five All-WCC Softball Awards

Tigers Earn Five All-WCC Softball Awards

STOCKTON, Calif. - Five women's softball players were awarded All-WCC honors on Tuesday, the conference announced. Hailey Reed and Marissa Young took All-WCC Second Team honors and Sydney Lahners, Samantha Owen, and Talli Shepherd were named to the All-WCC First Team.

"What a great honor for our players," Head Coach Brian Kolze stated. "I am really proud and glad that they were recognized for the tremendous seasons they had in conference."

Lahners earned her third All-Conference selection, second WCC-First-Team selection after a stellar senior campaign. The senior first baseman posted 10 home runs, 44 RBI, and held a batting average of .358 in 47 games this season for the Tigers.

The Laguna Hills, Calif. native finished second in conference doubles (12), total bases (90), and on base percentage (.451). Lahners finishes her time here with 43 career multi-hit games and a career fielding percentage above .975 in all four seasons with the Orange and Black.

Young records her second consecutive All-WCC Second Team nomination. The senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. found a steady groove in the circle, averaging a 1.94 ERA in her last four matchups against conference opponents BYU, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Saint Mary's. Young registered four of her six wins on the year during this stretch. 

Young made 19 starts and 20 appearances for the Orange and Black this season, finishing with six complete games, 55 strikeouts, and a conference ERA of 2.41. The senior pitcher places her mark in the UOP record books with 303 strikeouts, 34 wins, and 89 apperances. 

Sam Owen and Talli Shepherd were awarded their first All-WCC First Team accolades this year.

Owen wins the award after a seven home run, 37 RBI, and .353 batting average year for the Tigers. The sophomore outfielder ranked in the top five in conference in batting average (.353), slugging (.600), hits (53), and total bases (90).

Shepherd became just the eighth freshman in Pacific history to be named to an All-First Team. Shepherd tallied 48 hits, 31 scored runs, and a .312 batting average in the leadoff spot for the Orange and Black. The Wichita, Kansas native held a .946 fielding percentage at second base this season.

Hailey Reed makes it two straight seasons with an All-Conference award. Last year's Co-Freshman of the Year, Reed started all 47 games for the Tigers this season as a utility/pticher. At the plate,  the Topeka, Kansas native recorded 46 hits, a team-high 33 runs scored, and a .307 batting average for Pacific. In the circle, Reed pitched 75.2 innings, five complete games, and tied Young with a team-high 55 strikeouts. 

This is the fourth straight season where five or more Tigers have been named to the All-Conference team.

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