Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
Leading the Sonoma State softball team on another playoff run, four Seawolves earned NCAA Division II regional player honors.
Sonoma State ace Samantha Lipperd was selected to the All-West Region First Team by both Daktronics and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The two-time California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year went 23-12 record and was fourth in the CCAA with a 2.01 earned run average. Lipperd, a senior from Boulder Creek, led the conference in strikeouts for the third consecutive season and her 1,090 career total tops the NCAA Division II record books for active players. She has 22 all-time, single-season and single-game pitching records.
Hayley Condon earned First Team Daktronics honors and made the coaches association Second Team. Condon, a junior from Santa Monica, was a standout utility player, batting .341 with eight doubles, two home runs and 20 runs batted in on the season. She was a perfect 11-11 in stolen base attempts.
Ali Palermo was a Second Team choice by both groups. The senior first baseman from Redwood City led Sonoma State’s offense batting .397 including a .726 slugging percentage and a .448 on-base percentage. Palermo holds the all-time and single-season records for home runs (37 career and 14 this season) and runs batted in (147 career and 56 this season).
Also making both Second Teams was Vanessa Currie. The senior outfielder from San Diego batted .369 – 82 points better than her previous best. Currie led the Seawolves with 16 doubles, and her 38 career doubles is tied for first in program history.
Sonoma State went 37-21 overall, making the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in seven seasons after finishing third in the CCAA. Falling in the West Regionals the Seawolves finished the season ranked fourth in the region.