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Four Toreros earn WCC All-Academic recognition
May 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three members of the USD Softball team were named to the WCC's All-Academic Team, the conference office announced today. Senior Olivia Sandusky, along with sophomores Shannon McKeon and Taylor Spence, earned the honor. Junior Sarah Stone was selected honorable mention.

This is Sandusky's third consecutive year being an All-Academic selection. From Huntington Beach, California, she owns a 3.80 GPA as an English major and is the midst of another outstanding season. The senior centerfielder has started every game for USD and is hitting .294 and leads the team in home runs (6), RBIs (31), total bases (66) and slugging percentage (.485).

Taylor Spence (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) earns her first nod on the team. A Psychology major with a 3.45 GPA, Spence is leading the WCC in batting this season with her .409 batting average. She has started in all 41 games and owns an on-base percentage of .480 to go with team-highs in runs (28) and hits (54). Shannon McKeon (Gurnee, IL) also makes the team for the first time. The sophomore infielder owns a 3.62 GPA and has yet to declare her major. With 28 starts in 35 contests, McKeon is batting .320 with a .452 on-base percentage. Sarah Stone (San Diego, Calif.), named to the honorable mention list, owns a 3.44 GPA in Marketing and has appeared in 25 contests for the Toreros.

To be named to the WCC All-Academic team, a student-athlete must own a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average based on the most recently completed term at the time of the nomination and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

 

 

The Toreros (20-21, 6-6) close out their regular-season schedule this weekend with three WCC games at Loyola Marymount this coming Friday (2:00 p.m.) and Saturday (12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.). There is still a possibility for postseason play. In addition to the NCAA Tournament (64 teams), for the first time, Triple Crown Sports (TCS) and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) have partnered this year to introduce the National Invitational Softball Championships, which is a 48-team postseason event played this month. Selection Day is set for May 14th, with 32 teams receiving automatic berths, one from each of the nation's 32 conferences, and 16 at-large teams.

2017 WEST COAST CONFERENCE SOFTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name / School / Class / GPA / Major

Kelsie Barnard, Santa Clara, Soph., 3.64, Chemistry
Lauren Bell, BYU, Sr., 3.43, Exercise Science
Geenamarie Bonilla, Santa Clara, Sr., 3.71, Communication
Molly Bourne, Pacific, Jr., 3.50, Economics
Brooke Christensen, Loyola Marymount, Jr., 3.35, Psychology
Amanda Delfino, Santa Clara, Sr., 3.40, Communication and Spanish Studies
McCall James, Santa Clara, Jr., 3.36, Economics
Lindsey Matoi, Loyola Marymount, Jr., 3.63, Civil Engineering
Shannon McKeon, San Diego, Soph., 3.62, Undeclared
Katie Moss, Saint Mary’s, Sr., 3.30, Kinesiology: Health Promotion
Caitlin Reynolds, Pacific, Soph., 3.89, Psychology
Olivia Sandusky, San Diego, Sr., 3.80, English
Taylor Spence, San Diego, Soph., 3.45, Psychology
Ashley Thompson, BYU, Sr., 3.46, Exercise Science
Andy Wellins, Loyola Marymount, Sr., 3.45, Communication Studies
Kaitlyn Whitt, Saint Mary’s, Jr., 3.37, Justice, Community & Leadership

2017 WCC SOFTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION
Taylor Bojorquez, Santa Clara; Ciara Gonzales, Santa Clara; Caitlin Harman, Loyola Marymount; Kenya Lindstrom, Pacific; Bailey Lotz, Santa Clara; McKenzie St. Clair, Brigham Young; Sarah Stone, San Diego; Anne Yates, Santa Clara

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