Cal State racks up CCAA softball honors

Cal State San Bernardino senior infielder Jordan Dahl today was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s most valuable player of the year by a vote of the conference coaches

Dahl, of Vacaville (Will Wood HS/Sacramento City College),  played 18 games at third base and the last 12 at shortstop for CSUSB in CCAA play, and was No. 1 in conference competition in hitting (.418), doubles (12), total bases (70), slugging percentage (.714), and was No. 2 in on base percentage (.491) and third in runs scored (25), hits (41),  RBI (21) and steals (10).

In the field, she handled 94 chances at third and shortstop with only two errors (.979 fielding percentage).

Overall, this season, Dahl batted ..375 in 61 games with 11 home runs,  15 doubles, a team-high 72 hits, a team-high 50 runs scored and stole 23 bases in 26 attempts. In 30 CCAA games she hit .475 in the leadoff position and .452 with runners in scoring position.

Joining Dahl on the all-CCAA first team were:

  • Freshman centerfielder Priscilla Curiel (San Bernardino/Cajon HS), who batted .329 in 30 CCAA games with a CCAA-leading eight home runs and 19 RBI and a .659 slugging percentage. Curiel handled 49 chances in the outfield without an error. Overall, Curiel hit .285 in 58 games with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
  • Junior right-handed pitcher-outfielder Debbie Shisler (Phoenix, AZ./Scottsdale Christian Academy/West Alabama), who batted. .371 in 26 CCAA games and made only one error in 51 chances (.980) playing both left and right fields. In the circle, Shisler was 3-3 in CCAA play with a 2.77 earned run average. Overall, she hit .351 in 54 games with 10 doubles and 11 stolen bases, posting a 5-6 record in the circle with a 2.29 ERA and six complete games, two of them shutouts.
  • Senior second baseman Jamie Lowe (Norco, Norco HS, Cal Baptist) who batted .349 in 30 CCAA games with a CCAA-leading 12 sacrifice bunts hitting behind Dahl who led off most of the season. Lowe was an “at-large” selection. She hit .339 in 61 games, drew a team-high 30 walks and led the team in sacrifice bunts with 17.

Capping off the honors, Coach Tacy Duncan was named the CCAA’s “Coach of the Year”. In her three seasons, she had taken the team that struggled before she arrived to a third-place finish in the CCAA standings and the program’s first-ever appearance in a post-season championship tournament. CSUSB is also ranked No. 9 in the West Region.

Duncan’s team is 32-28-1 this season, equaling the second most wins in the history of the program dating back to 1987. In her three years, her teams are 80-87 overall and 47-47 in the CCAA. The program produced a dismal 38-129 record in the three years before her arrival.

Other first-team selections were Marissa Slattery, Natalie Galletly, Caitlin Klug and Lizzy Prescott from Humboldt State; Meghan Franksen, Jessica Gaumnitz and Alyssa Guzman of Cal State Stanislaus; Katie Jordan and Katie Garcia from Cal State Dominguez Hills and Allison May of UC San Diego.

Prescott was named the CCAA “Pitcher of the Year” while Nikki Ketteringham was selected as “Freshman of the Year.”

No Coyotes were selected to the second team..