UCLA Softball Hands Out Team Awards
June 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA softball bestowed its team awards on Sunday night at the annual team banquet. Among the numerous honors handed out, senior Anjelica Selden was named the Bruins' MVP.
Selden was also honored with the Lisa Fernandez Award after leading the team in wins (29), innings pitched (233 2/3), strikeouts (335), appearances (40), complete games (28) and shutouts (8) in 2008. Selden finishes her Bruin career first in strikeouts and eighth in Division I history with 1,441 strikeouts. She is also first in appearances and second in innings pitched, wins and complete games in UCLA history.
The co-winners of the offensive MVP award were junior Amanda Kamekona and sophomore Megan Langenfeld. Kamekona was first on the team in slugging percentage (.663), runs scored (47), runs batted in (46), doubles (17), home runs (14), sacrifice hits (13) and stolen bases (8). Kamekona owned a team-best 14-game hitting streak this season and was named first-team All-Region, second-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-American for her efforts.
Langenfeld, who was also honored with the Quiet Thunder award for the player who best leads by example, was first on the team in on base percentage (.482) and multiple-RBI games (12), second in home runs (5) and walks (34) and third in RBI (41), earning first-team All-Region, second-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-American honors. In the circle, Langenfeld also set a UCLA single-season record for saves with five.
Senior Ashley Herrera earned a pair of awards, receiving the Shelly Aguilar Academic Award and the Stacy Winsberg Award. Herrera was named All-Pac-10 Academic for the third straight year last week, earning first-team honors. The Stacy Winsberg Award, given to the 'gutsiest' Bruin, epitomizes Herrera, who returned from a devastating ankle injury early in the season to start the final 14 games at third base. The senior finished the year second on the team with a .364 average and was fourth with six sacrifice hits and five stolen bases.
Senior Krista Colburn was recognized with the Sharron Backus Award, given to the player who represents all facets of UCLA softball, both in the classroom and on the field. Colburn received All-Pac-10 Academic honors for the second time in 2008. On the field, Colburn was first on the team in walks (35), game-winning runs scored (11) and sacrifice flies (4) and second in runs scored (43) and sacrifice hits (9). The senior was named second-team All-Pac-10 and All-Region.
The Bruins honored three players as the Freshmen of the Year, Samantha Camuso, GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr. Camuso led the team in hitting at .366, also placing second in slugging (.549), on base percentage (.434) and doubles (16), third in homers (4) and multiple-hit games (18)and fourth in RBI (36). Along with being named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team, Camuso was named second-team All-Region and All-Pac-10.
DiSalvatore ranked first on the team in game-winning RBI (11), multiple-hit games (20) and hits (68), second in RBI (45) and doubles (16) and third in average (.362), slugging (.532) and home runs (4). The two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week was a member of the all-conference second-team and Pac-10 Freshman Team and also earned first-team All-American and All-Region accolades.
Kerr led the Bruins in ERA at 0.93 and was second on the team with 14 wins and 132 strikeouts. The freshman had five shutouts, including a perfect game against Saint Peter's, the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in UCLA history. Kerr had four double-figure strikeout games and was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention and All-Pac-10 Freshman Teams.
Freshman Monica Harrison was named the team's defensive MVP. Harrison was a part of 11 double plays at shortstop this season and committed just nine errors in 156 chances.