2002 All-Conference Softball Team Announced
May 13, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote by the Conference coaches, UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman was named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Year, ARIZONA's Jennie Finch was named Pitcher of the Year, ARIZONA shortstop Lovieanne Jung was named Newcomer of the Year and ARIZONA's Mike Candrea was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
NUVEMAN, a senior from La Verne, Calif., becomes only the second player in Conference history, along with UCLA's Lisa Fernandez, to garner her third Pac-10 Player of the Year award (1999, 2001, 2002). This season, Nuveman has led the Bruins to a Pac-10 Championship, a No. 1-ranking and an overall record of 50-6. Nuveman leads the Conference in batting average (.549), total bases (151), slugging percentage (1.063) and on-base percentage (.675). Additionally, she has posted 78 hits (second in Pac-10), 18 home runs (second in Pac-10), 60 RBI (third in Pac-10) and 58 walks (second in Pac-10). Nuveman has started in all 56 of UCLA's games this year, committing just three errors and posting a .992 fielding percentage. She was honored three times as Pac-10 Player of the Week and twice as NFCA Player of the Week this season. Nuveman's 10 career Pac-10 Player of the Week honors rank third all-time in the Conference. Earlier in the year, Nuveman broke the NCAA career home run record with her 86th all-time blast at Oregon State. She currently has 88 career round-trippers.
FINCH, a senior from La Mirada, Calif., enjoyed another impressive season for the Wildcats, going 29-4 (first in Pac-10) with an ERA of 0.86 (second in Pac-10), earning her Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors for the second consecutive season - first person in Conference history to do so. In 218.2 innings of work, Finch has given up just 109 hits, while striking out 310 batters (second in Pac-10). Finch holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins, posting her 60th straight victory on April 6. She has also posted 17 shutouts, 15 double-digit strikeout games and three no-hitters this year. Opponents are hitting a mere .146 against Finch. She has 972 career strikeouts, which is tops in Wildcat history and has an all-time record of 144-14. Finch is 61-4 in her last one-plus seasons in the circle.
JUNG, a junior from Fountain Valley, Calif., has made an immediate impact for the 'Cats after transferring from Fresno State. As a leadoff hitter, she has posted one of the best seasons in Arizona history in that role. On the year, Jung leads the team with a .386 batting average (sixth in Pac-10), 68 hits (seventh in Pac-10), 59 runs scored (third in Pac-10) and 39 walks (third in Pac-10). Additionally, she has added 16 home runs (fourth in Pac-10), 40 RBI, 12 doubles, two triples and a .750 slugging percentage.
CANDREA, who earns his eighth Pac-10 Coach of the Year award and third in a row, guided the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the Conference and their 16th postseason appearance. His Arizona squad currently has a record of 48-10 (15-6 in Pac-10), with 24 of those victories coming against ranked opponents.