May 18, 2010

Five Matadors Earn 2010 All-Big West Softball Honors

May 18, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A total of five Matadors earned a spot on the 2010 All-Big West Softball Team, the league office announced Tuesday. Hannah Fraijo, Jaci Carlsen, Tracy Allen and Jennifer Mosier all recieved All-Big West First Team honors while Alexandria Alvarado received All-Big West Honorable Mention.

The four First Team Matadors are the program's most since the 1998 season. Fraijo earned a spot for her pitching effort, Carlsen for her work at second, Allen for her play at third base and Mosier for her work in the outfield.

For Fraijo, the All-Big West First Team honor caps off a very successful sophomore season. She finished the year with an 18-8 record, 2.69 ERA and 102 strikeouts. Against Big West opposition, Fraijo was 10-3 with a 2.17 ERA and 39 K's. She also tossed 14 complete games on the year and recorded three shutouts, including a two-hit blanking of Oklahoma.

Carlsen put together an impressive sophomore season, earning All-Big West First Team honors. She finished in the Big West Top 10 in 12 different offensive categories, ranging from runs scored to triples. She led the league with 21 extra-base hits and 44 RBIs, the eighth-most in school history for a single season. Carlsen added to that a .324 batting average, a team-high eight home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and six stolen bases.

Allen started all 53 games for Northridge at the hot corner, posting a .307 batting average, seven home runs and 36 RBIs for the season. She also led the Big West in defensive assists with 151 and sported a .964 fielding percentage. Against Big West opposition, Allen batted .364 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. She earned a Big West Player of the Week award on Apr. 19 for her play in CSUN's sweep at Pacific.

For Mosier, the award is fitting tribute for a phenomenal year. Switching to the right side of the plate, Mosier led the Matadors with a .367 batting average, 51 hits and set a new program Division I record with 18 stolen bases. Against league opposition, she batted .371 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. She hit two home runs in the Matadors' win against Mississippi State, the program's first win over an SEC opponent since the 2004 season.

Wrapping up the awards was Alvarado, who earned All-Big West Honorable Mention for the second time in her CSUN career. In her final season at Northridge, Alvarado batted .277 with eight doubles, two home runs and a career-high 20 RBIs. Against Big West opposition, she hit .328 with six doubles and 10 RBIs. Alvarado tied a school record with three doubles in game three at Pacific and finished tied for second in school history with 36 career doubles.

UC Davis, the Big West Co-Champion with Northridge, took home three major awards. Karen Yoder was named Coach of the Year. Alex Holmes received Pitcher of the Year. Elizabeth Santana received Freshman Field Player of the Year.

The other major awards went to Cal Poly's Anna Cahn for Field Player of the Year and Pacific's Nikki Armagost for Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

The Matadors finished the year with a 31-22 record and earned a share of the Big West Title with a 15-6 league record. UCD earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament while the Matadors did not receive an at-large bid.

Roni Sparrey concluded her first year as the Associate Coach at Northridge with several notable accomplishments in addition to the All-Big West awards. The Matadors won a series against Cal Poly for the first time since 2004 and against Cal State Fullerton for the first time since 1999. The Matadors' 15 league wins was the most since the 2001 season and it was the program's first Conference Title, shared or outright, since the 1998 season.