Valerie Arioto Named Lousiville Slugger/ NFCA Third-Team All-American
May 27, 2009
California Golden Bear pitcher and first baseman Valerie Arioto was named to the Louisville Slugger/ NFCA All-American Third Team in post-season honors released by the coaches' association. Arioto's double-threat on offense and in the circle earned her the honor as an at-large Utility Player and Pitcher.
Arioto was the second leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage. She was second in home runs with 10, tied for the lead with 37 RBI, led the team with 41 runs scored, and stole 15 straight stolen bases before being thrown out on her 16th attempt of the season. Arioto posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, not making an error on defense in 244 chances. As a pitcher, she ended the year with a 14-9 record and a 2.40 ERA, capping her season with a complete-game four hitter against the top-rated Florida Gators at the Super Regional in Gainesville, Fla.
Arioto, a First Team All-Pac-10 selection, earned an invitation to participate in the 2009 USA Softball Nation Team Selection Camp and will be vying for a spot on the US National Team in mid June.
Arioto's honor is the 35th time that a Bear has earned All-American recognition, but the first time since 2006 that a Cal player has been honored.
Players from 32 institutions and 12 different conferences have players who were named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America teams. A total of 54 players earned post-season honors with 18 players on the first team, 18 on the second team, and 18 on the third team. Nominees are voted on in regional ballots to determine the All-Region team. Members who earn All-Region designation are voted on by the NFCA's All-American committee to determine the final award winners.
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