Softball earns program-high six All-Big West awards

May 17, 2017

IRVINE, Calif.  - Senior centerfielder Brianna Warner earned first team honors, senior shortstop Christa Castello earned second team recognition, junior third baseman Ashley Lotoszynski, freshman outfielder Marissa Jauregui and freshman right-hander Katie Kibby earned All-Big West accolades when the conference unveiled its honor roll on Wednesday.

In addition to receiving honorable mention, Kibby also earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.

The six All-Big West awards are the most earned by the Aggies since joining the league before the start of the 2007-08 season, matching a total also earned by the 2010 squad. 

With this announcement, Castello earned end-of-season honors from the Big West in each of her four years of competition. Warner and Lotoszynski have now received all-conference accolades twice in their respective careers; Kibby and Jauregui collected respective awards in their first season as an Aggie.

Kibby is the third UC Davis student-athlete to earn All-Freshman recognition, joining a list that also includes her current teammate, Lotoszynski. 

For the second season in a row, Warner led the league in steals by finishing with 28 — one of five top-five individual totals among all Big West players. The Tracy native ranked No. 2 with her .360 batting average (her .391 clip during league play was the second-highest as well), No. 3 with 63 hits and a .440 on base percentage, and No. 4 in walks with 23.


 

 

When you factor in her 33 runs, the seventh-highest individual total in the conference, and her outstanding play in center field, Warner consistently found ways to positively influence games for the Aggies throughout the entire season.

This first team selection caps a phenomenal career for Warner, her 106 runs, 92 stolen bases and 67 walks are the top totals in the program’s Div. I history. Her 92 steals are nearly twice as many as the previous all-time career record, and nearly three times as many bases as the previous D-I mark.

Castello was another UC Davis student-athlete who helped her team succeed not only this season, but throughout her four-year career at one of the most demanding positions on the diamond. The Concord native will graduate with Division I-era individual career program records in hits (211), runs batted in (72), total bases (253), and the second-highest runs (84), triples (10) and hit-by-pitch totals (29).

In all four seasons, earned NCAA rankings each season as one of the toughest players to strikeout among all Division I players in the country. In her first season at UC Davis, she was ranked No. 105 in this category; subsequent seasons saw the Aggies’ shortstop ranked No. 27, No. 14 and No. 8.

In addition to her rock-solid defense a third base all season long, Lotoszynski also provided a consistent bat for UC Davis this season as well. She led all Aggies in slugging percentage (.438), RBI (30), doubles (10), and home runs (5); the Pleasanton native also finished second in runs (32), triples (2), total bases (71) and walks (19). 

Lotoszynski repeatedly delivered at the plate in clutch situations all year long as half of her runs batted in were earned with two outs.

Kibby ended her first season as an Aggie with team-highs of 15 wins — the most earned by an Aggie pitcher in the last four years — 16 complete games and 80 strikeouts.

No Big West freshman pitcher appeared in as many games (32), earned as many starts (29), collected as many victories, or threw as many innings (166.0) than Kibby. In each of those categories, the Vacaville native ranked among the top pitchers in the conference, and was the lone first-year talent on lists comprised entirely by veteran players. 

Jauregui, a freshman from Fontana, displayed her talents from Opening Day, until the team’s season finale. Splitting her time in left and right field, her glove quickly caught the attention of opposing teams; even though she was a first-year Aggie, she possessed a knack for stepping up in key situations at the plate as well.

Only Warner possessed a higher batting average with two outs. Two-thirds of Jauregui’s nine runs batted in also took place in that situation.

On April 30 vs. Cal Poly, it was her first home run as an Aggie that lifted UC Davis to a 1-0 home victory. Both UC Davis first-year All-Big West recipients shined that afternoon since Kibby earned the fifth of six complete-game shutout victories this year in that league matchup.

No one team placed more freshmen on any of the three individual all-conference tams than UC Davis and its two honorable mention selections.