NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
In a vote of the conference coaches, Cal State Northridge junior pitcher Mia Pagano received 2012 All-Big West Second Team honors the league office announced Wednesday. The Matadors' top hurler throughout the season, Pagano finished a deceiving 8-19 overall, but posted a 2.25 ERA and a 3:1 strikeout-walk ratio in 71.2 innings of work in Big West play.
Do not be fooled by Pagano's win-loss record in 2012; the junior from Temecula, Calif., was a dominant pitcher in the circle throughout the season. She finished among the league leaders in ERA (3.45), strikeouts (111), innings pitched (188.2) and complete games (16).
Before the start of league play, she tossed her first career shutout in the Matadors' win over Iowa. In an 1-0, eight-inning victory over the Hawkeyes, Pagano had a then-career high six strikeouts. She followed that up with a pair of career-high eight strikeout performances (Nevada, BYU) and had two wins and a save for CSUN during its games at the San Diego Classic I.
Pagano kept things going in league play by winning two games at Pacific, helping lead the Matadors to their only league series of the season. In game one, she worked around eight hits and four walks to lead Northridge to a 4-3 win and then followed that a two-strikeout, zero-walk performance in the game three victory.
Perhaps Pagano's best moment of the year came in a 4-0 victory at Cal Poly on April 14. In the circle, she allowed only two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. At the plate, she blasted her first career home run, a grand slam, to account for all the game's runs.
Pagano also earned a win over Cal State Fullerton, not allowing a run during her time in the circle in a 5-2 win. She had three strikeouts and allowed only five hits in the win over the Titans. In all, Pagano finished 4-7 with a 2.25 ERA, 38 K's and a .250 opponent-batting average in 71.2 innings against conference competition.
"I am grateful to receive the honor and want to thank my teammates and coaches for their help and support this season," Pagano said. "I stayed positive all year and am really looking forward to my senior season."
Her head coach, Tairia Flowers, was happy to see her top pitcher honored by the league coaches.
"Mia was our top pitcher and threw some great games for us all year," Flowers said. "It is nice to see her recognized by the conference coaches for her performance and accomplishments. We are very proud of her."