Softball Celebrates Season at Annual Banquet

Softball Celebrates Season at Annual Banquet

May 30, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara senior Coresta Salas received the Bronco of the Year Award as the softball team honored its seniors and thanked the fans at the team banquet, held last night at the Leavey Center. The team also celebrated its 30-victory season, the best mark in the 25-year program history.

Sophomore Kelley Johnson received the Ms. Clutch award, freshman Jenny Brown was named the squad's Rookie of the Year award, while senior Roni Rivera was honored with this year's Most Inspirational award. The Most Valuable Offensive honor was given to senior Tracie Hall while junior Jaime Forman-Lau received Most Valuable Defensive recognition.

The Bronco of the Year award has been given annually to the player who best exemplifies what it means to play Bronco Softball, including attitude, effort, support of teammates, results and best representation of the program. Salas, a leader in centerfielder, ends her career No. 1 all-time in triples (14), while she is also top-five in seven other career and single-season listings. Named to the all-tournament team at the Chevron Paradise Classic, Salas also had a memorable weekend against Sacramento State, where her fourth home run of the season came in the ninth inning for a team victory, the team's historic 26th, to tie the school record.

Hall, a first baseman, started all 54 games in which she played, registering 36 hits and a season-record six home runs. She drove in 24 runs and posted a .226 batting average. A starter at short stop last season, Hall transitioned successfully to her new position and led the team in putouts with 398. Against Pacific, she broke up a no-hitter with a game-winning home run, and also used the long ball to tie a contest against Louisville.

Forman-Lau made her impact in the circle this season, setting numerous records and receiving many honors. She shattered the SCU strikeout record, with 279. She added a program-best 11 shutouts and ties for first with 21 wins in a season. Her overall ERA of 1.32 ranks second in Bronco history, while she boasted a 0.89 ERA in conference play. Additionally, Forman-Lau only walked 38 batters, and capped her season on April 19, as she threw a perfect game against San Diego, striking out 14 in the historic outing. To honor those achievements, she has been named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Year and a second-team Pacific All-Region selection. Additionally, Forman-Lau received first team All-PCSC honors. She is a seven-time PCSC Pitcher of the Week winner, and led the conference with 112 strikeouts while holding PCSC opponents to only a .123 average.

Kelley Johnson was named Ms. Clutch at Thursday's banquet.

Johnson was the secret weapon for the Broncos this year, coming into tough situations and producing quality results. In a role where not many players can succeed, Johnson flourished. To open the inaugural PCSC season, Johnson notched a game-tying pinch hit against Loyola Marymount, while also brining in the game winner against San Diego the following week. In another doubleheader against the Toreros, Johnson hit her first career home run, again, in a pinch-hit situation to win the game.

Brown was one of only two players to start every game this season, taking her spot at second base. As the leadoff hitter, Brown finished her rookie campaign with team-highs in hits (43), runs (28) and walks (27). She went .471 (16-34) with runners in scoring position and also led the team in stolen bases, with seven. She earned all-tournament team honors at the Chevron Paradise Classic, and-against an All-America pitcher at Fresno State-hit a two-out triple in the seventh inning to secure a 3-0 victory.

Rivera has been an inspiration to her coaches and teammates, on and off the field. One of the most vocal members of the squad, Rivera led the team as the starting catcher, while in the classroom, she has earned Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar and NCAA postgraduate awards.

2003 Santa Clara Softball Awards

Bronco of the Year Coresta Salas
Ms. Clutch Kelley Johnson
Rookie of the Year Jenny Brown
Inspirational Award Roni Rivera
Most Valuable Offensive Tracie Hall
Most Valuable Defensive Jaime Forman-Lau
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