May 13, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Pacific Coast Softball Conference announced its individual honorees today, handing two of the top four awards to Broncos for the second season in a row. Head Coach Marcy Crouch repeated as the Coach of the Year, while senior Jaime Forman-Lau received her second Pitcher of the Year honors.
Crouch led the Broncos to their first PCSC title in the conference's second season of play, finishing with a 16-4 record. Overall, Santa Clara posted a second consecutive 30-win season, equaling the program-best mark set last year.
The PCSC also announced the 2004 All-Conference First-Team, with five Bay Area natives making the list: Forman-Lau, sophomores Jenny Brown, Shannon Linerud, and Jessica Clee, as well as senior Rachel Sherman.
Forman-Lau was also a four-time PCSC Pitcher of the Week honoree. She leads the team with a 1.45 ERA and a 25-16 record. She has recorded 278 strikeouts on the season and a program-best 557 in her two-year career.
Starting all 53 games this season, Brown, a second baseman from Campbell, leads the team with a .310 batting average. She tallied 27 runs scored and 14 doubles this season.
Linerud, a shortstop from San Jose, made 52 starts this season, seeing action in all 53 games. She has posted 28 hits, including a team-leading three triples, while notching 22 RBIs.
Clee, an outfielder from Milbrae, is a two-time PCSC Player of the Week honoree, and leads the team with 30 RBIs and six home runs.
Sherman, a catcher from Mountain View, is second on the team in batting average, with a .293. She has totaled 41 hits, 21 RBIs and 15 runs. She has notched eight two-RBI games.
Santa Clara now awaits the NCAA Softball Championship selections. The Division I Softball bracket will be announced exclusively on ESPNews. The 64-team field will be revealed on Sunday, May 16 between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific time.