May 12, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Five Santa Clara University softball players received All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference honors, as announced by the league office today. Juniors Jenny Brown and Jessica Clee led the Broncos as second-team selections. Senior Daisy Mettlach and juniors Shannon Linerud and Liz Courter received honorable mention recognition.
Loyola Marymount swept three of the four individual honors, after claiming the PCSC title and the league's first automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Margo Pineda was named Player of the Year and Tiffany Pagano was named Pitcher of the Year. Lion Gary Ferrin was selected as the conference's Coach of the Year. Saint Mary's Bronwyn Russell was voted PCSC Freshman of the Year.
Clee is from Sacred Heart Prep in Millbrae, and led the team in many categories: hits (51), batting average (.305), RBIs (43), home runs (10) and runs scored (27). She was the only Bronco to start in all 57 outings. She posted an eight-game hitting streak, and also blasted four home runs in a five-game span. She earned league Player of the Week honors for outstanding performances against UC Riverside and St. Francis, including a double, a triple and two homers against the Terriers.
Brown, a native of nearby Campbell and former prep star at Westmont High School, started 56 games at second base for the Broncos, and led the squad with 13 doubles. She tied with Clee for the most runs scored, at 27, and was third in batting average (.280) and RBIs (16). Brown was second on the team with 49 hits, including two six-game hitting streaks.
Linerud, who played at Presentation High School in San Jose, has started for the Broncos at short stop for three years, and led the team this season in stolen bases and triples. She shone during the series against Sacramento State, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, including a two-run home run to left field and a game-winning RBI triple. Those efforts led to a PCSC Player of the Week selection.
Courter, a pitcher from Phoenix, Ariz., earned PCSC Pitcher of the Week honors on two occasions this season. She posted 14 wins and 94 strike outs in the circle, including three shut outs while holding opponents to a .263 average. An offensive threat as well, Courter was second on the team in batting average (.288) and went 4-for-4 against Sacramento State.
Mettlach, a catcher from Texas, transferred from Missouri this past season and split time as a catcher and a designated player. She notched five homers this year and scored 18 runs.
Santa Clara concluded its season recently under first-year head coach Jaime Forman-Lau. The Broncos went 26-31 overall and placed fourth in the PCSC with a 9-11 mark.
For a complete list of the All-PCSC teams, please click here.